The Amendment 80 fleet new-build for Glacier Fish Company-managed Iquique US will have onboard fishmeal and fish oil production capacity.
Glacier CEO Mike Breivik confirmed the new 79.70-meter vessel at the North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF), in Bergen, Norway.
“For Alaska, there is a desperate need for the modernization of the equipment we have, from a safety point of view and modernization in general,” he said.
“For our fleet, fishmeal and fish oil is becoming more and more important. All of the new Amendment 80 vessels will be able to produce this. It’s very important for our profitability.”
Construction of the Iquique US vessel is expected to start in August 2016 at Eastern Shipbuilding in Panama.
Glacier, which is 25% owned by Japan’s Nippon Suisan Kaisha, is planning to use the new Iquique US vessel to replace two of its four vessels.
The Amendment 80 fleet catches flatfish including yellowfin sole, Alaska plaice and a myriad of other whitefish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.
Glacier invested in Iquique last year, taking on the management of the company\'s fleet as part of the deal.
Source: Undercurrent News.