Baffin Fisherie's new trawler "Inuksuk II" successfully launched

This week the launching of the new trawler of ST-119 design was successfully performed at Tersan Shipyard in Turkey. The new trawler will be named "Inuksuk II" and with a length of 80 m and a beam of 18 m become one of the largest arctic freezer trawlers in Canada. Delivery of the vessel is scheduled for mid 2024.

"Inuksuk II"
"Inuksuk II"

From Baffin Fisheries's press release;

October 31, 2023 – IQALUIT, NUNAVUT – The Board of Directors of Baffin Fisheries is pleased to announce that Tersan Shipyard has launched its newest vessel, the Inuksuk II, a clean-design, purpose-built, 80-meter factory freezer trawler. Interior construction and installation of equipment will continue for several months, with delivery expected in mid-2024.

The new vessel is designed by Skipsteknisk A/S of Norway and is being constructed by Tersan Shipyard of Turkey, the world leaders in stern trawler design and construction.

The vessel is expected to be the largest Canadian-owned fishing vessel from coast to coast to coast, with a capacity for up to 1,320 tonnes of frozen-at-sea Greenland Halibut (turbot) or 930 tonnes of cold-water shrimp.

“This is a great milestone towards the delivery of Nunavut’s first new fishing vessel,” said Baffin Fisheries Chairman Sandy Kautuq in Clyde River. “This beautiful new vessel will allow us to increase benefits to Nunavut communities and improve employment opportunities and working conditions for our fishermen.”

Baffin Fisheries is owned by Inuit Hunters and Trappers Associations in five Qikiqtani region (Baffin Island) communities. The Company was incorporated Nov. 6, 2001.