FISK Seafood chose M500 heading machine from Vélfag to ensure that the handling of the fish onboard is of the highest quality.
FISK Seafood, one of the biggest fish processors in Iceland, chose the M500 heading machine from Vélfag for the freezer trawler Arnar HU-1.
Vélfag heading machines are designed to increase speed and productivity, which, in turn, leads to higher profits. The throughput is up to 140 fish per minute or as fast as the operator can feed it. Moreover, the belt design and variable knife angle produce an optimal cut and higher yield both for the actual heading as well as the subsequent filleting. The machines are equipped with a Sure-Grip conveyor system to provide better handling of live fish and fish in rigor mortis.
The simple and space-saving machine is easy to clean, which leads to less bacterial growth and better quality of the product. M500 easily handles different fish species, for example flatfish, white fish, and redfish. Onboard Arnar HU-1 all species are processed for markets in Europe, the USA, UK, and Asia. The annual catch is 10.000 tons of live weight, which is around 5.000 tons of products. Their new heading machine can offer long term rewards that will support Fisk Seafood to continue to boom in the fast-paced, ever-evolving market.
The Vélfag team would like to congratulate FISK Seafood with their new M500 and wish them good fishing in the future.
Brim‘s new and modern freezer trawler Ilivileq arrived in Iceland last week. The production capacity is approximately 150 tonnes per day, and to ensure the best yield, quality, and profit for its catch, Brim chose exclusively Vélfag machinery that will return their investment quickly and continually.
The 81,8-meter vessel is tailor-made with two fully integrated processing lines. The system includes two computer-controlled M505 heading machines that scans and measures the fish for arc cut to get the most valuable meat on the neck without compromising the filleting process. The filleting machines are M700 for small to medium fish and the advanced M725 big fish filleting machine. Both filleting machines are combined with Vélfag‘s skinning equipment to maximize throughput and uptime.
With the new high tech operating system Take Control, Vélfag offers constant service and support as our technicians can connect to the machine anywhere in the world with remote access VPN connection. The system is designed to make the fish flow through the process with minimal impact and ensures a precise cut of the delicate and raw material. The operating system offers our clients simplified maintenance, fewer cleaning hours, better yield, and excellent overall quality. Vélfag machinery will help ensure that Ilivileq will be among the most efficient and modern fishing vessels. The fact that Brim, which is the biggest fishing company in Iceland, has once again selected Vélfag solutions confirms our sustained competitiveness leads for 25 years in a tough global market. Vélfag congratulates Brim and the crew with their new vessel. We wish them the best of luck and good fishing in the future.
Icelandic factory trawler Tómas Þorvaldsson GK 10 recently completed its record-breaking trip in the North Atlantic. This 67-meter vessel, owned by Thorbjörn hf. in Grindavik, joined the company´s existing factory trawler fleet last year, after which Thorbjörn bought and installed onboard a new M700 filleting machine with combined M825 skinning solution from Vélfag.
Tómas Þorvaldsson docked last week after 34 days at sea with a green weight catch of 752 tonnes valued at ISK 336 Million (€2.15. million).
"The M700 filleting machine and the combined M825 skinning machines performed exceptionally well! The broad conveyers and bigger skinning units made everything run efficiently, and the big saithe ran as smooth as silk through the machine.” said skipper Bergþór Gunnlaugsson.
Fish processing machines from Vélfag have an excellent track record both at sea and onshore, processing hundreds of thousands of tons through the years. It is no coincidence that Icelandic freezer trawlers process 63% of their valuable Icelandic cod quota with filleting machines from Vélfag. In addition to that, European, UK, Russian, and Norwegian companies put their trust in Vélfag's solutions. The productivity is exceptionally high, returning excellent yield and fillet quality.
Vélfag skinning equipment users can expect maximum durability and increased yield. Fewer employees are needed to produce as fillet infeed can be self loading if used in combination with all types of filleting machines from Vélfag.
We congratulate the crew and Thorbjörn on harvesting the fruit of this recent year´s significant investments, and persistent efforts. We wish them the best of luck and good fishing in the future.