Kirkella H7 sailing through Tower Bridge. Source: UK Fisheries
Another happy Velfag customer,the Hull-based Kirkella fishing trawler brought London to a standstill as she sailed down the Thames for her naming ceremony.
The 81m vesselstopped traffic as she sailed under Tower Bridge in preparation for hernaming ceremonyon Wednesday, where HRH Princess Anne broke the champagne bottle on the ship’s bold yellow-and-blue stern to officially christen the UK’s largest fishing trawler.
HRH Princess Anne christening the Kirkella. Source: UK Fisheries
The new Kirkella, which cost more than £40m to build, is the last remnant of Hull's fishing past. Thousands of trawlers in the 1950s heyday used to set-off from Hull for the distant waters around Iceland, Norway and Greenland to hunt for haddock and cod – the fish favoured by those frequenting fish and chip shops in Britain – but the Kirkella is now the only UK boat to patrol those waters. To ensure the best yield, quality and profit for its catch, UK Fisheries chose exclusively Velfag machinery for the heading, filleting and skinning of the fish, based on their experience and performance, from the old Kirkella, fitted with among other Brands ,1 Velfag filleting machine.
HRH Princess Anne learning about the Vélfag machinery. Source: UK Fisheries