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The 83,5m long combined purse seiner/pelagic freezer trawler Nordborg has just arrived to Klaksvik on the Faroe Islands, on her maiden voyage from the Asmar yard in Tulcuahuano, Chile, where she departed April 14th at 5:15 pm. The vessel is of Rolls-Royce design type NVC- 355 and is the most sophisticated fishing vessels delivered this year. The new design has been developed in close co-operation between the owner Hvalnes P/f in the Faroe Islands and Rolls-Royce Marine. In addition to the design Rolls-Royce has delivered the propulsion plant, auxiliary engines, winches, automation system, thrusters, rudder and steering gear for the vessel, forming an integrated design and equipment delivery. The vessel is designed for onboard production of herring fillet with a capacity of more than 200 tonnes a day. This 83,5m long vessel will be able to carry 1200m³ in refrigerated sea water and another 2400m³ in freezing storage. Once the fish are filleted and packed ready for delivery, all residue is used for on-board production of fish oil and fish meal. The fish oil tank capacity is 160m³ while the fish meal storage capacity is 1000m³. The new hull design attends to the increasing demand for fuel saving capabilities combined with good sea keeping characteristics. Limiting the noise onboard the vessel has been an important factor, giving better working environment and comfort for the crew. The accommodation is arranged for 30 people, and the new building will be delivered with the most modern electronics, fish-finding and communication equipment. The vessel is arranged for fishing herring, mackerel, capelin and blue whiting and is going to be equipped with separate deck equipment for trawling and for purse seining. It will operate mainly on the fishing grounds around the Faroe Island, the North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean as well as the maritime zones around Iceland and the Barents Sea. The owner, Hvalnes P/f, has one other vessel in their fleet; the old Nordborg, now called Christian i Grotinum. BluePulz will follow op with Slideshow from the well-come ceremony as well as further editorials.
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.