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Ásbjörn finishes on a high

‘We went out to the mountains for saithe and redfish. This was a good trip, with a full fishroom, around 120 tonnes, even though it was only three days,’ said Einar Bjarni Einarsson who skippered Ásbjörn for its last trip with HB Grandi.

He said that the new Engey was on its shakedown trip at the same time, so a crew had to be brought in to take Ásbjörn to sea.

‘The core of the crew had already switched over to Engey, but the crew we sailed with this time were nothing to complain about as most of them have been relief crew here for years.’He said that around half of the catch this trip was medium-sized saithe, and it appears that the saithe are more abundant than they were at the same time last year.

Ásbjörn is expected to be handed over to its new owners on Monday, and Einar Bjarni said that this top catcher will certainly be missed, adding that his own first trip on board was in 1989, when the late Ólafur Einarsson, his and current regular skipper Friðleifur’s brother, was chief mate while Magnús Garðarsson was the skipper.

‘We all know that everything about the new Engey and its crew facilities is better. It’s also a bigger and more modern ship than Ásbjörn. In technical terms, Engey is much more sophisticated and there’s plenty that we are going to have to learn all over again. Gutting the fish hasn’t changed from the way it has always bene done, so that’s a relief,’ Einar Bjarni Einarsson said.