Nordnes is mainly producing headed and gutted fish, which is taken fresh and frozen down to subzero temperatures in blocks of 25 and 50 kilos. Nordnes has a strict policy regarding quality, and all fish is being processed and frozen directly after it is hauled onboard.
Within seconds after the fish is hauled onboard, it is let down to livefish-tanks. From there the fish is being processed by machines, which opens the stomach and removes the head and gut. The heads and guts go directly to the silage production unit. After processing the fish is being washed and bled out, cleaned and fed into automatic graders, which sorts the fish by specie and weight in separate storage tanks. Then finally the fish is put into vertical freezers, which freezes the product in blocks down to -30 degrees Celsius. When the blocks reach the correct temperature, they get packed in bags and transported down to the freezing-room.
Nordnes is engaged in two different kinds of prawn fishing; Raw-frozen onboard the large vessels, and raw/cooked, fresh prawn on the smallest vessel.
On the larger vessels the prawn is separated from other fish etc. coming together with the prawn in the trawl, washed and frozen in blocks. When the blocks reach the correct temperature, they get packed in bags and transported down to the freezing-room.
Onboard the smallest vessel “Nordbas”, the prawn is also separated from other fish etc. coming together with the prawn in the trawl and then washed. After washing the prawn is sorted by size, where the smallest is sent raw directly into the hold. The largest prawn is going into an industrial cooker, and then after quickly cooled down, to achieve the best quality. Cooking time and amount of salt is different from time to time, depending on which market the prawn is being sold to.
All prawn caught by “Nordbas” is being stored fresh in boxes with ice.
“Nordstar” is the first oceangoing fishing vessel in Norway which takes care of 100% of the by-products from the production of headed and gutted whitefish. This is done by making silage. All heads and gut are being collected, minced up and acid added. When this mass has the correct pH value, it is being transported to large storage tanks. Unloading of the silage is done through a hose connected to a tanker, at the same time as the frozen products are being unloaded. The silage from “Nordstar” is being transported to a factory, and processed into fish oil and protein concentrate, which is both used as ingredients in the making of feed pellets for salmon.