KJ HYDRAULIK PF. is a hydraulic engineering company selling, manufacturing, developing and repairing equipment and components related to maritime and mobile and entrepreneural market sectors. The company was founded by Mr. Kári Johannesen (1948-2001) in 1978, as a humble hydraulic and mechanical service provider to a few local fishing trawlers. The insight and expertise of Mr. Johannesen esp. in comprenending and analysing hydraulic systems soon became renouned by many fleet-owners around the Faroe Islands and surounding countries too. He became an often preferred problem solver for many customers. This led to increased activity and increasment of staff. By 1983 the company became the sales and service agent for the fishing winch manufacturer Rapp Hydema AS, Norway – a co-operation which still is lives after more than 20 years. During the 1980ties and onwards the company has been supplying numerous vessles with Rapp winch systems to bottom trawling, mid-water trawling and gillnetting. Although not unfamiliar with repairs of cranes, in 1988 a new business array was pursued by the representation of the Swedish made TICO truck and marine cranes. By 1992 KJ was appointed as the Palfinger Marine crane dealer and service workshop, now Palfinger Marine - CranePower, In 1998 the company became Palfinger Truck Crane dealer and authorised service partner.
For almost three decades KJ-Hydraulik has serviced the marine sector in the North Atlantic Ocean providing advanced solutions to technical problems in the Faroe Islands, Scotland, Shetland, Greenland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada.
KJ-Hydraulik is a knowledge based company. In order to increase our level of service, the employees of KJ-Hydraulik undergo continuous education through courses and seminars. KJ-Hydraulik also participates actively in the educational environment in the Faroe Islands by giving courses, supervising projects and hosting trainees.
As an organisation rooted in the marine sector KJ-Hydraulik is ever aware of the need for around-the-clock assistance in case of technical problems. KJ-Hydraulik therefore employs a 24-hour help-line, which answers all days of the year.
Location and size Situated in the heart of the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic at 62°00’N, the Faroe Islands lie northwest of Scotland and halfway between Iceland and Norway. The archipelago is composed of 18 islands covering 1399 km2 (545.3 sq.miles) and is 113 km (70 miles) long and 75 km (47 miles) wide, roughly in the shape of an arrowhead. There are 1100 km (687 miles) of coastline and at no time is one more than 5 km (3 miles) away from the ocean. The highest mountain is 882 m (2883 ft) above sea level and the average height above sea level for the country is 300 m (982 ft). Climate The weather is maritime and quite changeable, from moments of brilliant sunshine to misty hill fog, to showers. The Gulf Stream encircling the islands tempers the climate. The harbours never freeze and the temperature in winter time is very moderate considering the high latitude. Snowfall occurs, but is shortlived. The average temperature ranges from 3°C in winter to 11°C in the summer. In sheltered areas, the temperature can be much higher, but the air is always fresh and clean no matter what the season. Population The population is 48.520 (1st April 2008). About 19,400 people live in the metropolitan area which comprises Tórshavn, Kirkjubøur, Velbastaður, Nólsoy, Hestur, Koltur, Hoyvík, Argir, Kaldbak, Kaldbaksbotnur, Norðradalur, Syðradalur, Hvítanes, Sund, Kollafjørður, Signabøur and Oyrareingir, while about 4,700 people live in Klaksvík, the second largest town in the Faroe Islands. Form of Government Since 1948, the Faroe Islands have been a self governing region of the Kingdom of Denmark. It has its own parliament and its own flag. It is not, however, a member of the European Union and all trade is governed by special treaties. Languages Spoken Faroese is the national language and is rooted in Old Norse. Nordic languages are readily understood by most Faroese, and English is also widely spoken, especially among the younger people. Religion Religion plays an important part in Faroese culture and over 80% of the population belong to the established church, the EvangelicalLutheran. 10% of the population belong to the Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren). Industry The fishing industry is the most important source of income for the Faroes. Fish products account for over 97% of the export volume. Tourism is the second largest industry, followed by woollen and other manufactured products.