A milestone in Greenlandic prawn fishing
In recent years, Royal Greenland has invested heavily in upgrading its seagoing fleet to modern and energy-efficient trawlers. In mid-January, the M/tr Avataq for the first time landed more than 1,000 tonnes of prawns after a single fishing trip.
When Royal Greenland began outlining plans to upgrade its seagoing fleet years ago, one guiding principle was mentioned over and over again: that one day in the future it might be possible to land 1,000 tonnes of prawns in one trip, compared to the standard of between 400 and 600 tonnes of prawns for the existing large factory trawlers.
It was therefore with even great satisfaction that skipper Tordar Dimon and his crew were able to dock at the Atlantic quay in Nuuk earlier this month with a cargo of 1,003 tonnes of prawns.
M/tr Avataq and crew were welcomed with film footage; watch it dock here:
In January 2022, M/tr Avataq hit a historic milestone, landing 1,003 tonnes of prawns in NuukTime:
A modern and energy efficient fleet ready for the fishery of the future
When catch sizes, cargo capacity and fuel are key concepts in vessel investment planning, it is naturally linked to the fact that a modern fishery must meet future requirements for energy efficiency and sustainable operation. Royal Greenland has made a quantum leap in fleet optimisation in recent years. In September 2019, the company commissioned M/tr Sisimiut; a state-of-the-art fishing trawler with the ability to utilise raw materials 100%. In January 2020, M/tr Avataq entered the fleet; a combination trawler with triple trawl for efficient fishing of prawn and fish and in 2022 the last of the large trawlers enters the fleet; the prawn trawler M/tr Nataarnaq, which replaces the former Nataarnaq and is operated jointly with the company Ice Trawl A/S.
A common feature of all three vessels is also that the crews on board have contributed to designing the vessels as modern and functional workplaces that optimise work routines, save time and also offer high comfort for all employees on board.