Species recognition saves M/S Geir valuable time
On the 18th of May this year, the crew was finally able to board the brand new long-liner, Geir with automated fillet and onboard freezing - after some delays related to Covid-19. We spoke with skipper Arild Holmeset about the process.
Optimar informed us about many interesting solutions already in the first meeting. They challenge us to think new and we spoke about many different solutions. Eventually, a team was put together consisting of both people with experience from working onboard and engineers. This combination worked very well. Together we found solutions that save us a lot of manual work. I would say that Optimar is a pioneer when it comes to both planning and solutions, he explains.
Shipowner Kjetil Holmeset takes us trough the boat and our system integrator Vidar Bjørge shows us around the Optimar factory onboard.
Less manual handling
The precise preparations resulted in an innovative boat with three overhead lines, species recognition system, auto freezer, vacuum system for intestines and packaging machines for HG products – to name a few. And it is especially the species recognition system that saves M/S Geir valuable time.
- We have three different outlines. With this system we get to sort the fish in different buffer tanks. While a haddock over 2 kg is sent to fillet production, a haddock over 1.2 kg is sent to HG. Not having to handle this sorting manually saves us a lot of time, says Holmeset.
An ongoing process
However, the systems aren’t always on point when delivered. - It worked well on cod and haddock. We catch several different species, such as redfish, and the solution required more work to handle that, the skipper explains.
Fortunately, the service team manages the deliveries closely and makes the desired adjustments along the way. Further development of species recognition is an example of this. - Optimar consists of many skilled people and we have a very good dialogue with the people helping us onboard as well as the ones logging on to the systems to make adjustments. Today the solution works just as we planned, Arild concludes.
Optimar thanks M/S Geir for an exciting assignment and looks forward to following them on the many journeys to come.