“Norwegian Gannet”, which is sailing between Norway and Denmark and Scottland, has transported less salmon than predicted. Now the public support for the shipping company Hav Line has been reduced.
In 2018, Hav Line received EUR 2 million in grants from the Norwegian Coastal Administration for transporting and harvesting salmon on board. The company’s harvesting and production vessel, “Norwegian Gannet”, collects fish from cages along the west coast, harvests the fish on board and delivers them to a terminal in Hirtshals, northern Denmark.
In total, the boat was scheduled to transfer 212,489 tonnes of cargo during the three-year support period.
Now the Norwegian magazine “Teknisk Ukeblad” (behind paywall) writes that “Norwegian Gannet” will carry a total of 66,270 tonnes less during the period. In the first sailing period from January 2018 to the end of 2019, the boat carried 15,219 tonnes, while the plan was to carry 47,900 tonnes.
This year, the harvest vessel is scheduled to carry 61,000 tonnes of salmon instead of 78,139 tonnes. Next year, the estimate is 70,000 tonnes – a downgrade from 86,450 tonnes.
Because “Norwegian Gannet” carries 66,270 tonnes less than anticipated, the company also receives EUR 600.000 less in value, and correspondingly the same reduction in support from the Norwegian Coastal Administration, writes Teknisk Ukeblad.
According to Hav Line, the lower freight transfer from 2018 to the end of 2019 is because the cargo boat has had a technical start-up phase.
“… Hav Line’s own estimation of capacity is that it is theoretically possible to obtain volume over time,” states the written statement Teknisk Ukeblad has gained access to.
The harvesting vessel has also received over EUR 600.000 from Enova and EUR 3000.000 from the Research Fund to the county municipalities.
Hav Line CEO Kristian Haugland says he will not comment on the matter to TU. SalmonBusiness has also not been able to get a comment from Haugland in recent weeks.