May 01

More expansion increases capacity

With a series of expansions carried out in recent years, Fuglafjørður-based cold storage facility Bergfrost has substantially grown its capacity to become one of the largest cold stores in the entire Nordic Seas region.

Fuglafjørður’s cold store Bergfrost has completed two major expansions which have increased its cold storage capacity to as much as 25,000 tonnes, making it one of the largest cold storage facilities in the entire Nordic Seas region, larger than any other in the Faroe Islands or in neighboring Iceland for that matter. The company is also considering to extend its dry storage capacity, according to managing director Símin Pauli Sivertsen.

“We have finally completed our cold store extension program,” Mr. Sivertsen said in April 2018. “The last project took somewhat longer time than expected to complete, with more final touches needed than originally planned. Now with all that out of the way, we can have up to at least 25,000 tonnes in cold storage at any given time. So this is good news for those of our clients whom we haven’t been able to serve lately because of the dramatically increased level of business activity in our immediate neighborhood.”

“At the same time,” Mr. Sivertsen added, “we’re contemplating an extension of our dry storage warehouse. Many of our clients request dry storage services and with the increased business we’ve seen in the last few years, that demand has come to a point where we’ve felt compelled to seriously consider our options and so we’re currently taking a closer look at how to go about a possible expansion of our dry storage capacity. However, no final decision has been made yet in this regard.”

Bergfrost’s business activities have increased markedly since 2007, when Mr. Sivertsen took the helm. During the following year, the facility’s total storage of frozen fish—from domestic and foreign reefer ships and freezer trawlers carrying pelagic fish, whitefish, or shellfish products—amounted to 17,000 tonnes. The corresponding figure in 2017 totaled a stunning 100,000 tonnes.

“We’ve seen tremendous change and a tremendous rise in activity levels,” Mr. Sivertsen noted. “From our perspective, the primary driver of this development has been the booming pelagic fisheries, and second, as a result of that, the launch of the Pelagos freezing plant in 2014, which quickly become our largest client.”

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