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Building two new trawlers

Two new trawlers will join Royal Greenlands seagoing fishing fleet in 2019

Follow our building of two new seagoing factory trawlers in Bilbao, Spain.

You are invited...

The decision to build two new seagoing fishing trawlers equipped for the harsh environment in the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans was made back in 2015. Hereafter a long process of designing the vessels and finding the right partners to build it began. And finally in July 2017 the first steel was cut and the very first keel elements were laid out.

The two vessels are being built by Astilleros de Murueta in Bilbao, Spain. We are excited to see the ships rise in the slipway over the next years - and we invite you to follow the building process together with us, here on the site...


October 2019

Avataq: soon ready for trial fishery

Avataq: final checks on the trawl deck

Work on the keel has begun for Ice Trawl Greenland A/S' (50% owned by Royal Greenland A/S) new trawler

Work on the keel has begun for Ice Trawl Greenland A/S' (50% owned by Royal Greenland A/S) new trawler

Work on the keel has begun for Ice Trawl Greenland A/S' (50% owned by Royal Greenland A/S) new trawler

Work on the keel has begun for Ice Trawl Greenland A/S' (50% owned by Royal Greenland A/S) new trawler

September 2019

Avataq: finishing up on the paint

Avataq: special delivery of equipment

Avataq: Pipes are insulated

Avataq: the kitchen is taking shape and will soon be ready to serve meals every 6 hours around the clock.

Avataq: the fitness room is soon ready for the crew

Avataq: testing one of the winches

Avataq: at open sea

August 2019

Sisimiut christened in Nuuk

We welcome the newest family member M/tr Sisimiut - a state of the art trawler, that utilizes the catch 100%, emits less and gives the crew the very best working conditions. Sisimut was christened by Anja Evaldsen in Nuuk, August 2019.


CEO Mikael Thinghuus and Director of Corporate Relations Jens K. Lyberth welcome the guests

Anja Evaldsen christens M/tr Sisimiut

From the left: Jens K. Lyberth, Anja Evaldsen, Mikael Thinghuus, Malik Olsen and Pauli Olsen

M/tr Sisimiut in the sunset

Avataq: a view over the deck

Avataq: the canteen is coming along

Avataq: working on a control panel on the bridge

July 2019

Avataq: Working inside the bridge

Avataq: the anchor cable

June 2019

Avataq: working on the trawl deck

Avataq: a view down the hatch

Avataq: the main engine

May 2019

Art on board Sisimiut

Recipe images

The art is from Greenland, Faroe Islands and Denmark

Sisimiut: at open sea

April 2019

Sisimiut: interior design has top priority to make the new M/tr Sisimiut a home away from home for the crew

Sisimiut: Working on the bridge

Sisimiut: The canteen has large windows for a scenic view of the beautiful nature in the North Atlantic

Sisimiut: laying floor on the trawl deck

Sisimiut: inside the factory

Avataq & Sisimiut side by side

Avataq: still some work to be done at the bridge

Avataq: close up of winch

Avataq: hard at work

March 2019

Sisimiut: Working on the bridge

Sisimiut: Crew quarters are coming along nicely

Sisimiut: A view of the main engine, MAN engine 9L32/44Common Rail 5400 kW, 750 rpm

Sisimiut: a view from the top

Sisimiut: Cargo hold with a hold capacity of 2424,5 m3 optimized to the fullest for longer trips

Avataq: Accommodations ready to be installed

Avataq: the bridge

Avataq: piping

Avataq: the deck

February 2019

Sisimiut: A fresh coat of paint on the bridge

Sisimiut: electrical work

Sisimiut & Avataq: working in the twilight

January 2019

Sisimiut: Construction of the cargo hold

Sismimiut: Which bolt goes where?

Sisimiut: Testing a control unit

Sisimiut: incinerator able to burn continuously at extremely high temperatures

Sisimiut & Avataq: working on the trawlers side by side

Avataq: Looking up at the winches

Avataq: installing cables for the factory

December 2018

Avataq: Cargo hold


Sisimiut: Elements lifted on board

Sisimiut - closing off insulation

How to choose the right cable?

Sisimiut: mounting of panels

Sisimiut: The bridge is taking form - but there is still some way to go...

Sisimiut factory overview

Avataq seen from the rear - Sisimiut in the background

Sisimiut: Auto freezers and packaging table have been installed in the factory

Sisimiut: Floorboards are laid on the bridge

Sisimiut: the base for the trawl winch is constructed

Avataq: Awaiting the final block

Avataq: Foundation for the flooring is ready on the bridge

Avataq: The bridge ready for first layer of paint

November 2018

Wow - we are really seeing progress - the key event in November was without doubt the sea-launch of trawler Avataq. Again a moving moment when the large trawler elegantly floated into the water for the first time...

Ready to launch

Avataq before launch

Avataq launch

Right after launch - she floats for the first time

Trawler Sisimiut and Avataq - side by side


Avataq: Main engine ready for mounting

Avataq: Painting the coat of arms

Avataq: First layer of paint

Sisimiut: Accomodation taking form - the bathrooms are delivered complete in the steel boxes

Sisimiut: Tiles

Avataq: Paint



Avataq: Paint

October 2018

Big steps forward in the construction...

The name AVATAQ is now ready for paint

Trawler Avataq: Scaffolds built up around the ship - soon ready for paint

Trawler Avataq: The propeller being mounted in the nozzle

Trawler Avataq

Trawler Sisimiut: Freezer installations

Trawler Sisimiut: Installation of toilets and showers in the accomodation

September 2018

The big event in September was the decision of the name for NB319 - now named Trawler Avataq...

NB319 is now Trawler Avataq

NB319 is now Trawler Avataq

The name of the new combination trawler that in the future will fish Greenland halibut and prawns, was revealed in beginning of September. The name will be "Avataq" which is a greenlandic word for "Catch bladder" - a tool used by kayakers and Umiak-hunters to keep the catch floating on the sea furface and prevent it from sinking. The name was decided after a competition among Royal Greenlands employees, and the winner will recieve a price when the ship is officially named in Nuuk in late 2019.

Trawler Sisimiut: Work is ongoing in all areas of the ship simultaneously - here is insulation in one part and the crane and antennas on top of the ship

Construction work

New block ready in the workshop

The coat of arms of Greenland

The coat of arms of Greenland

The coat of arms of Greenland ready for painting and mounting on the ships. The polar bear symbolizes the fauna of Greenland and the blue (azure) colour designates the Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean Greenland is washed by.

August 2018

Two ships are rising...

Trawler Sisimiut August 2018

Trawler Sisimiut: Insulation in the factory

Trawler Sisimiut: Insulation in the cargo hold with foam

Trawler Sisimiut: Welding of the deck in the cargo

Trawler Sisimiut: Installation of the piping for the freezer

NB319: Overview of the vessel in the slipway

NB319: Foundation for main engine

NB319: Control room

NB319: Tweendeck in cargo

NB319: Painting in cargo

NB319: Mount of nozzle

July 2018

Much progress is seen in the building progress...

Trawler Sisimiut: Overview of the deck

Trawler Sisimiut: Insulation and ventilation work

Trawler Sisimiut: the bridge is taking form...

Trawler Sisimiut: Bridge rooftop

NB319 is beginning to look like a ship sitting in the slipway...

NB319 starting to look like a ship...

NB319: Block being mounted

Juni 2018

The boiler lifted onboard Trawler Sisimiut

The bridge of trawler Sisimiut is now mounted

View from the bridge on trawler Sisimiut

Trawler Sisimiut: Bridge seen from the rear

Trawler Sisimiut: Steering gear being mounted

Trawler Sisimiut, Rear view and mounting of stern port

Trawler Sisimiut: Stern port mount

Trawler Sisimiut: Pipe work

Trawler Sisimiut: Air intake and crane foundation in place on the deck

Trawler Sisimiut: Aft mast

NB319 Top of tank

NB319 Ballast in the bottom of the ship

May 2018

Wow! Now the fishing vessel really start to look like a Royal Greenland vessel! The highlight in May was the succesfull launch of "Sisimiut" - a touching moment where the 3500 tonnes of steel really became a ship, by elegantly floating from the slipway to the water...

The bridge for Sisimiut is under construction...

NB319 in the slipway

No time to rest - Next vessel on the rise... (NB319)

After the launch of Sisimiut, the combination trawler now has more space in the slipway, and is rising significantly...

After the launch at the quay. The building of the vessel will now continue while in the water - next steps are to lift the heavy main engine, the fish factory equipment and the fishing gear on board.

See when the 3500 tonnes vessel is launched to the water for the very first time... A very touching moment, writing Royal Greenland history...


Before the launch

Ready for launch...

The rear view...

The block for the main engine is ready in the bottom of the ship... several floors down

Seen from the rear

A large box has been mounted on the back of the vessel to secure the buoyancy when the ship is launched

Sisimiut is now painted first time - and start looking like a Royal Greenland vessel

April 2018

April showed tremendous progress and it is now really visible in the slipway that two large vessels are under construction...

The bridge is taking form outside the workshop, but will not be mounted untill after the launch

The new combination vessel is seen in front of "Sisimiut" that is now wrapped and being painted...

Overview in the slipway

The next vessel is already taking form in the slipway in front of "Sisimiut". The next vessel will be a combinationtrawler that can switch between prawn fishery and cod/halibut fishery

The controllable pitch propeller arrives

Insulation in the cargo hold

Heavy insulation - built for the Arctic weather conditions

The trawldeck is taking form

She is really taking form now... ready for sandblasting and paint...


From rear end - ready for the controlable pitch propeller delivered by MAN as a complete system together with auxiliary engines, main engine and control system.

Getting ready to installing the propellar

March 2018

March was full of progress for the vessel NB318, and also the month where the keel was laid out for the next vessel NB319 - the new Sisimiut...

The draught marks are chiselled into each side. The marks show the vessels draught.

The next vessel, NB319, is starting to rise in front of NB318. NB318 will be a prawn trawler.

The template for the logo is made ready

Preparing before mounting of the steering maschine

A view into the factory

Fishery licence number - the next Sisimiut

Great to se how the construction is coming along...

Deck controlroom is beeing liften onboard

Preparing for the sterntube mounting

Mounting the chute

Cables and hoses - it looks like a mess but it's all under control

At the same time the stern is finalized

Finalizing the stern post in the workshop

Engine FAT

Main engine

MAN engine system

February 2018

February has been an efficient month in Bilbao despite rain and snow...

The cargo hold

Auxilary engine being mounted

The slip takes shape

Joining of blocks

The massroom being lifted on board...

Preparation of the foundation for the auxilary engine

Growing bit by bit...

Overview of the slipway

While raining in Bilbao, equipment is being installed in dry areas

Looking like a ship...

January 2018

The fillet vessel is now looking like a real ship, and the focus is on installing equipment while also finalizing the hull

Block 202 from the aft

Block 202 almost in place

Ready to fit...

Block 202 in the air...

Ready, set, go....

Block 202 is made ready to be lifted from the workshop and onto the ship. The lift includes turning it upside down...

The foundation for the the engine room and main engine

The nozzle is being installed

Equipment is being installed on site - here the freezing epuipment

Welding the hull

The fillet vessel, NB318, is rising in the slipway - Meanwhile the keel for the prawn fishing trawler has been laid out in front...

A lot of equipment is now arriving to the yard - ready for installation

December 2017

Now the building is really developing, the bow thruster and bulb is mounted, the cargo painted and the fishmeal factory is under construction... exciting times!

Overview from rear end - next step is the fishmeal factory

The fishmeal factory that will utilize all off-cuts from the factory is next step - the fish meal factory equipment will be installed now before the next section is mounted.

Before and after painting the cargo hold

The main engine foundation is ready

The middle section of block 203, the bottom of the engine room, is ready for mounting

The vessel is now so tall that an accomodation ladder is usefull to access the trawl deck

block 203 in the workshop - getting ready for mounting

Part of block 203 - below the engine room

While the bulb is being mounted in the dock, the next block is being prepared in the workshop - this time to extend the vessel to the rear

The bulb is now lifted into place and is being adjusted before the welding can start

Fitting around the bow thruster and making ready for mounting the bulb

The bow thruster is now in place and the fitting of the surrounding block is ongoing

November 2017

Now the construction is really going fast and new elements are added daily...

The tunnel for the bow thruster to be mounted in arrives ...

The bilge keel is mounted to reduce the vessels tendency to roll in stormy weather

unloading door is now in place

The front of the ship is now waiting for the bulb to come on

As the vessel is designed to sail in thick ice - so is the bulb - the bulb and the inner plates are made of 30mm steel plates - remark also the weldings...

The bulb arrives from the workshop in the second Murueta Yard - remark the heavy steel construction

Here is the bow of the ship before the bow thruster comes into place

The first bilge well is now being mounted - it is like the rest of the factory level made in stainless steel for optimal hygiene

Remark the solid steel of the keel ...

Ribs being put together in the workshop


The workshop on the yard is busy - three blocks are being built at the same time

Another level has been added

October 2017

The bottom of the ship is coming together...

Vessels cargo space

The quality of the weldings are of utmost importance...

Lifting sideblock 205 into place

Inspection of the weldings on the side

Inspections are done continuously by DNV GL

The staircase to the factory - also in stainless steel

The first bilge well is taking form in the workshop. The vessel will have 4 bilge wells in each side to keep the factory deck free from water.

Welding machine

The deck is made in stainless steel for optimal hygiene and all weldings here are made with welding machine

Nozzle for the propellar... the propellar has a diameter of 4,5 meter!

The bow-thruster

Welding in the workshop

Sections coming together in the workshop

Work on the pipes in the fuel tanks

The frame of the meal factory is coming together. The meal factory will produce fish meal based on the off-cuts and residuals from the fish factory.

NB318 seen from front - It's beginning to look like a ship

September 2017

Follow the construction of the elements and the first mounting..

A block is carefully lifted into the right place...

The extremely heavy steel plates are being cut out in Muruetas facility north of Bilbao and transported carefully by trucks...

Overview of the freezer, main engine, auxiliary engine, control room

The engine room is drawn up in 3D drawings to secure full functionality and a pleasant working environment

The welds are continuosly being inspected and tested by Inspector by both Royal Greenland and external partner DNV GL.

Large pipes for fire oil overflow are being mounted on the side of the ship.... Note the thickness of the steel, 30 mm stell plates are used here. moreover the short distance between the ribs - this is truly ice-class, built for harsh weather...

Ships curves taking form

The sides of the ship is now under construction on the forms. The frame ribs are now being monted on the 30 mm thick steel plates in the ice-belt. These enormous thick plates are what makes the vessel "Ice-Class"

To give the ship the exact form, these big stabilizers are being built place form the steelplates in precisely the right form.

Block building

The bottom of the ship is now being built from a enourmous amout of specially designed steelblocks of smaller or larger size

August 2017

The ship building is off to a great start...

The very first block is being mounted on the keel

Fuel tanks in the bottom of the vessel. The two vessels will exclusively operate on Marine gas oil, this decision reflects the CSR strategy of Royal Greenland and the determination to operate a sustainable business.

First block is coming together in the workshop

Cutting in the workshop

Taking the first steps

See the video...

In early July 2017 the very first steel was cut and laid out in the slipway, after that the first block was welded in the workshop and by mid August carefully lifted on top...


Design of the vessels

In May 2017 a small model of the vessels was built and the propulsion and stability in water tested in specially designed water tanks.

Testing the water resistance...

The propellar is an exact copy of the real thing - just very small

The model of the vessel was carefully put into the test tank

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