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Getting used to the ship

Brim’s fresher trawler Helga María is now at sea for its second trip skippered by Friðleifur Einarsson, who was previously skipper of Engey. Helga María has been leased this summer for a research assignment in Greenland, and as this ended Engey’s crew took over the ship. Engey was sold to Russia earlier this year.

‘It’s been a long summer break, and I used it partly to do a little coastal fishing. It’s good to be back on a trawler and I have the core of the crew who have been with me on Ásbjörn and then Engey,’ he said.

He added that the first trip didn’t go all that well.

‘The catch was 65 tonnes, mostly cod, and there were a few things that affected the fishing for us. To start with there wasn’t a great deal of fish to be had, and on top of that it takes a while to get used to a new ship. It’s a fine ship, but very different to Ásbjörn and Engey.’

He said that the trip started on the banks west of the Hali grounds and from there they worked their way into the Hali area.

‘We’re heading for the Westfjords again. We only stopped in Reykjavík for 24 hours, and it looks like we need to make good time, especially if we’re going to have to search for fish,’ Friðleifur Einarsson said.