Ísfell recently delivered and installed a Mustad Autoline baiting system to the Icelandic company Storm Seafood. The company has a new vessel under construction in Poland with the working name of Lurkurinn. The vessel is 45 m long, 9.20 m wide and 680 tonnes. It should be noted that the vessel has an electric propeller, i.e. a diesel electric. The longline is hauled through a side well. Both these arrangements are innovations in Icelandic fisheries but are known in other parts of the world. As the longline is hauled through a side well, the vessel is completely closed, and there is no one on the drum at the hatch on the side as in more traditional line fishing boats.
Delivered was a Mustad Autoline system for approximately 55,000 hooks that consists of a fully equipped electrical Superbaiter together with a hook Hook Separator and a powerful MA HH 3200 line hauler. In addition, the vessel carries an MA SeaBirdSaver and the newest version of the MA LineController. The SeaBirdSaver has proved highly effective in scaring away birds that are attracted to the bait when the line is being laid. With the LineController the control of the line pull and speed can be controlled from the wheelhouse, as all information on bait percentage, number of hooks, catch rate and more are stored in the database.
Further information can be obtained from Sigurður Óli Þórleifsson (firstname.lastname@example.org) 5 200 529 and Einar Sævarsson (email@example.com) 5 200 533.