Research has delivered more than 8500 MT of mackerel to Norway

Published: by Camilla Klævold

With last night’s registration of 2200 MT, which is to be delivered in Ellingsøy, Norway, the vessel from Shetland has delivered over 8500 MT in less than two weeks

In 2017 foreign vessels delivered around 125 000 MT mackerel in Norway for a value of about 1,18 billion NOK. So far in 2018, including Research’s registration last night, the volume is around 96 000 MT, and with the increased prices the value is at the same level as in 2017.

- As a result of the reduction in the mackerel quota we’ve experienced a decline in the delivered volume this year, compared to 2017. In addition, the vessels are delivering more to their own industry in Shetland and Scotland, Roald Oen, senior sales consultant, explains.

Research’s last catch was caught northeast of Shetland only a day and a half after they unloaded 2260 MT at Nils Sperre and Brødrene Sperre in Ellingsøy, Ålesund.

Ronny Sperre, production manager at Nils Sperre AS, is pleased with the quality from the large trawl catches.

- We started unloading Research around 16:00 Friday and were done around 4:00 Sunday morning, 36 hours later, Sperre tells us. He further explains that some of the catch was unloaded at Brødrene Sperre, just further up the dock, and that the two factories took turns unloading the huge catch.

In regards of the quality of such large catches, Sperre explains that they come close to the quality of the mackerel from Norwegian purse seiners.

- The fishermen have put quality on the agenda and as a result we’ve experienced a pleasing development here. The equipment and the tanks on these new vessels are outstanding.

Gary Williamson, shipowner at Research, is also satisfied with delivering in Norway.

- We’ve been delivering mackerel in Ellingsøy for the past 13-14 years and are extremely pleased with our reception, Williamson says.

- The season has been good this year, and the price level is impeccable. It is also extremely beneficial to go through Sildelaget’s payment system and being credited after 14 days, he continues.

However, Research’s connections to Norway is not only limited to delivery.

The new vessel is the third in line, which Williamson has had developed by Skipstekning and constructed at Vard Langsten in Norway.

The first vessel was delivered by Slipen Mekaniske in Sandnessjøen in 1997, the second by Flekkefjord Slipp in 2003, according to Williamson.

The vessel is a top modern pelagic trawler, using the finest technology.

Williamson is getting a lot of praises for the new electronic fish pump which was installed this fall. The pump makes it possible to control the rotation and pressure, which ensures a gentle handling of the fish. The fish pump is the first of its kind.

In addition, the winches are electronically driven and reduces oil emissions and pollution by potential leaks.

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