Record Breaking Cargo Reefer Loaded in Killybegs
For decades one of Killybegs finest export is its premium quality pelagic fish which is caught in the cold clear waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. The global demand for this premium, nutrient rich sustainable protein source is increasing but escalating freight costs are eroding margins and company profits. Killybegs processors, many of which are members of the Killybegs Marine Cluster collaborated to address this issue. This was a two-pronged strategy, one to help reduce the escalating freight costs and two to help reduce their carbon footprint. Killybegs are committed to sustainability of their fisheries which is recognised by Bord Bia’s Origin Green sustainability programme. It is also important to note that all the fish landed is Killybegs wherever possible is also accredited by the Marine Stewardship Council ensuring the sustainability commitment from the commercial fishers and the local processers.
In early November, Killybegs set another impressive record, loading 9,000 metric tonnes of pelagic fish for export markets in North Africa. Sinbad Marine Services Limited were the ship agents for reefer vessel FRIO IONIAN which was loaded to capacity with frozen fish from local seafood producers. Sinbad Marine Services is another member of Killybegs Marine Cluster and handled the largest shipment ever loaded in the port.
The vessel FRIO IONIAN is a Reefer that was built in 1998 (23 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Panama. It’s carrying capacity is 10447 t DWT and her current draught is reported to be 9.8 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 154 meters and her width is 24 meters.