– Norwegians are highly competent in the fisheries and aquaculture industries. An increasing international interest in our products and services related to these industries confirms this, said Stig Gjethammer, who works with ocean industries in Export Credit Norway.
Atlantic Dawn Group is Ireland’s largest seafood company, with the head office in Killybegs, the country’s largest fishing port. The company’s main activities are pelagic fishing and onshore fish processing.
When the need for three new pelagic trawlers arose, the company asked Salt Ship Design in Stord, South Western Norway, to deliver the design.
In addition to the design of the 64 metres long and 14 metres wide trawlers, a lot of the equipment onboard is Norwegian. MMC First Process will deliver the onboard fish processing equipment, Karmøy Winch will deliver winches and deck equipment, and Brunvoll will deliver tunnel thrusters. Several other Norwegian exporters will supply products to the trawlers.
High quality equipment
– All these suppliers sell high-tec equipment of top quality. Atlantic Dawn Group knows from earlier experience that by using Norwegian design and equipment, the new trawlers will be very well suited to fish in the waters in which the company operates, said Gjethammer.
The ships are under construction in Turkey and will be delivered between February 2021 and February 2022. The trawlers will mainly fish for mackerel and herring in the Irish sea.
Export Credit Norway is financing the purchase of the Norwegian deliveries to the trawlers, and the cooperation with Nordea Bank, the guarantor, has been excellent.
– This is a good example of how export financing can contribute to Norwegian suppliers in the fisheries and aquaculture sector winning contracts abroad. It’s also worth noting that this is the first time Export Credit Norway is involved in a lending agreement under Irish laws, said Gjethammer.