New fishing boat delivered to northern Norway

7 February, 2022

Last month we delivered a new fishing boat to Jim Nikolaisen, a fisherman in Honningsvåg, northern Norway. The boat is a Norcraft 1099-470 and is designed for net fishing and catching king crabs, which there are a lot of in the fjords of northern Norway. The boat was named Asterix because Nikolaisen feels that he is also powerful and short, and the name sounded good to him.

The approximately 22-tonne boat was transported by road from our Porvoo shipyard to the port of Alta after a journey of approximately 40 hours. The boat, which is a 40-year birthday present from Jim to himself, is 10.99 m long and 4.7 m wide and has a load capacity of 25 tons in a cargo space of up to 22 cubic meters. The boat is Nikolaisen’s first new boat, which will become his workplace in the coming years.

The all-aluminum boat has a 400 hp Scania D13 engine and a speed of about 10 knots. The boat is also manufactured for oil spill response and Nikolaisen participates in oil spill response exercises with his boat a few times a year.

The boat has deck equipment consisting of a net hauler, a bleeding container, and a net storage bin needed for net fishing. It also has a hydraulic lifting beam for handling the traps used in catching king crabs. Hydraulic lift in the bleeding container makes work significantly easier. At sea, the crew can stay for a few days because it has two cabins and three beds, a decent kitchen, a toilet, and a shower.

We have together with our Norwegian subsidiary MarTec As delivered several Norcraft-fishing boats to Norway in recent years, and they are very popular among fishermen and crab catchers.