The first sections of Northbay Pelagic’s new state-of-the-art pelagic fish processing factory are now being erected at Peterhead, reports David Linkie.

Scheduled for completion in the early autumn in time for the closing few weeks of the North Sea herring season, after which production will immediately switch to mackerel, the new building will replace Northbay Pelagic’s principal processing area and administration block burnt out by fire at the beginning of this year.

Since then, contractors have worked to demolish the burnt out buildings and clear the site in preparation for construction of the new single level building.

The new factory will feature a new advanced design of layout and flow of fish through the factory that is expected to increase daily production by a minimum of 50% minimum and deliver faster vessel landing times for quicker turnarounds.

The leading processing machinery manufacturer Baader secured the contract to supply the equipment required to install 17 complete filleting lines, in addition to nine whole fish and 3 multi-purpose lines.

First Process Norway will supply grading and packaging lines which will include bespoke Ulma vacuum packing equipment.

Gordian strapping machines will also be installed.

In the aftermath of the fire Northbay Pelagic received numerous offers of help from local companies, which were much appreciated.

Since then, there have been a long succession of phone calls from long-standing suppliers wishing Northbay Pelagic all the best with the new build and emphasising they will be back to supply pelagic fish to full-fil large scale international orders as soon as the new facilities come on stream.