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Getting to grips with new technology

‘Fishing has been good and there’s nothing to complain about. We’re familiarising ourselves with the new ship and new equipment, and we’re building up experience with every trip which gets us closer to out target of mastering all this new technology,’ said Engey’s skipper Friðleifur Einarsson when we spoke to him as Engey was steaming south from the Westfjords grounds to the redfish areas off the south-west.

He said that the trip started in the Nes Deeps on cod with two hauls and a first day that was nothing special. The banks off the Hali grounds yielded a better catch and they did well off the end of the Thveráll Gully before heading south.

‘There’s redfish in the Víkuráll Gully, but I decided to head for our home grounds on the Mountains to get our redfish for this trip. We’ll have around 24 hours there and we’re scheduled to be docking in Reykjavík on Thursday morning,’ he said.

Engey was delivered new at the beginning of this year and since then it has taken time to fine-tune the ship’s computer systems. Warp tensions, fishing and steaming are all managed via computers, as are other systems on board. Friðleifur Einarsson and his crew have had to work hard to adapt to the new systems and he said that this has all gone well.

‘There have been a few things we have had to deal with, but nothing serious. We’re aware that there are teething troubles here and there, but these are all things that need to be tuned. As far as the innovations are concerned, the unmanned fishroom is what stands out. This is a revolutionary innovation in my opinion. It’s a work of genius. The crew put the fish into tubs and then call for more empty tubs. There’s no work that needs to be done in the fishroom,’ Friðleifur Einarsson said.