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Canadian shrimp vessel Newfound Pioneer which is owned by Newfound Resources has been in Slippurinn Akureyri shipyard over a month now. The ship is in a standard class inspection and has been bottom cleaned and painted, anode renewal, withdrawal of shaft along with other smaller maintenance projects. The ship is one of many foreign vessels that have entered Slippurinn in Akureyri in recent years.

“The fishing fleet here in Iceland has undergone a great deal of renewal and, as a result, the ships are not coming as often and need less maintenance than before. That’s why we have put more emphasis on receiving foreign ships to us, mainly from Russia, Greenland, Canada, and Norway. However, the competition is high, both here and abroad,” says Ólafur Ormsson, division manager at Slippurinn Akureyri, asked about the issue.

Next week the Greenland vessel Nataarnaq will arrive at Slippurinn Akureyri. There will be overhaul on main engine and gear, shaft withdrawal, maintenance of the winch system among other jobs.

“The project status is good for the next few months. What gives us a certain advantage is that we offer a wide range of services and capacity to complete tasks on agreed timeframe. We also work according to the ISO 9001 quality system, which is an international certification and ensures that we have to meet quality requirements and comply with certain procedures in our services, which our customers appreciate,” says Ólafur in an interview with the website.