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Greenland fisheries research trip concludes. Brim (formerly HB Grandi) owned fresher trawler Helga María is now on its way home to Iceland after a busy 81-day research assignment off West Greenland on behalf of the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources.

“The assignment went very well. This was interesting, but more of a challenge than I had expected,” said skipper Heimir Guðbjörnsson.

The vessel carried out three 12- to 20-day shrimp trips and two on Greenland halibut during the research assignment, and the second Greenland halibut trip was in Canadian waters in co-operation with the Canadian authorities. That trip took them as far as 72°30’N.

“We had to be wary of the ice all the time. The big bergs didn’t present any problems, as they show up clearly on radar, but the smaller bergs that are practically submerged are the ones that are most dangerous for shipping. It helped that the weather has been good all summer, although fog caused us a few difficulties.”

“The shrimp and Greenland halibut trips themselves weren’t a surprise, other than how comprehensive they were. For example, we towed a video sled and a lot of footage of the seabed was recorded. There was a special dredge to obtain seabed samples,” he said, and added that he hasn’t heard if this co-operation with Helga María will continue.

The will for this appears to be there among those who organise research efforts in Greenland and Canada, but it remains to be seen if Brim can be without the vessel next summer.

‘We’re on course for Reykjavík and we’re looking forward to coming home. We have a lot of equipment on board for next summer. We have two shrimp trawls and two Greenland halibut trawls on the deck, along with rockhopper footropes and extra trawl doors, among other things,’ Heimir Guðbjörnsson said.