Stornoway's new Ice Plant has been fully commissioned in the Harbour and is now supplying the fishing fleet, Stornoway Port Authority are pleased to confirm. It is now supplying the fishing fleet.
The ice production facility, which was prefabricated and installed by Dutch company Recom Ice system, can produce up to 15 tons of ice per day and store up to a maximum of 20 tons.
Ice is fundamental to the fishing industry, preserving the catch until landings. The ice plant will help improve the quality of the local catch and the increased output and storage will ensure that ice is always available locally.
Chief Executive of the Port Authority Alex MacLeod said: “The authority are delighted the ice plant is operating and supplying what is essential for the local fishing fleet. We know what an important commodity this is for fishermen and for a wide variety of other users and we are glad to be able to provide this to the community.”
Secretary to the Western Isles Fishermen’s Association Duncan MacInnes said: “WIFA welcome the arrival of the new ice plant, as it will enable both the catching and processing sectors of the industry to improve the quality of their catch and be able to better manage landings in the future. Profitability should increase for fishing vessels as they can stay fishing at sea for longer periods, instead of having to steam long distances to land on a daily basis due to lack of ice, in particular, during the warmer summer months.”
The project has been part funded by the European Fisheries Fund and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.