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Anti-roll tanks for Faxi and Lundey

HB Grandi’s pelagic vessels Faxi RE and Lundey NS are now tied up in Hornafjördur where they are each having anti-roll tanks fitted. The tanks use computer technology and these are the result of co-operation between Vélsmidjan Foss in Hornafjördur and engineer Stefán Gudsteinsson

According to Ingimundur Ingimundarson, in charge of HB Grandi’s pelagic division, the pelagic fleet is now taking a rest until fishing begins on mackerel and Atlanto-Scandian herring, which is not expected to start until July.

‘We’re using the opportunity for drydocking and maintenance. The decision was taken to invest in anti-roll tanks and these are being fitted at Hornafjördur, although it’s not certain that it will be possible to complete Faxi’s installation, as they have a spot on the slipway in Reykjavík already booked for next weekend and then Lundey will be following it. Ingunn AK is going to Akranes where we are taking the opportunity to improve working conditions on the deck and to carry out the usual maintenance,‘ Ingimundur Ingimundarson said.

HB Grandi’s marine superintendent Karl Sigurjónsson said that the anti-roll tanks being fitted to Faxi and Lundey are similar to the tank that was fitted on board freezer trawler Venus a year ago.

‘The tank that was fitted to Venus has performed very well and the crew tell us that since it was fitted the vessel motion has improved significantly. The difference between these tanks and the older type is that these have a computer that monitors vessel movement, so this stability watch manages the volume of water in the tank and distributes it between compartments to compensate for the ship’s rolling. These tanks also compensate for the ship’s loading, unlike the older type of anti-roll tanks that had a fixed volume of water and could not be adjusted,’ Karl Sigurjónsson said.