April 8, 2022  /  Blog

In the early hours of April 4th, 2022, the Kirkella successfully landed in the Port of Hull after several months fishing in the Barents Sea, and a couple of team members from Collins North East headed down for 10.30am to see the unloading in action. New Collins Sales and General Manager Toni Pagnanelli travelled down to gather some insight into what it is like on a factory trawler, and Marketing Executive Heidi George joined him alongside a video production crew to capture some updated videos and photos of the impressive, modern vessel.

The team were lucky enough to be taken on a grand tour of the inside of the vessel by the captain himself, Charlie Waddy, who has been working at sea for an incredible 46 years. Charlie took them around to see everything: the engine room, the factory, the control room – even the freezer, which was -18 degrees! They were very kindly treated to lunch in the cafeteria by the chef on board; Heidi ate a meal of prawns, chips and gravy which raised some eyebrows…

Charlie generously let them interview him on camera,  where he informed them about the rewarding parts of his job, as well as how he overcomes any challenges he faces in his career. Afterward, they chatted further to a few more of the crew about how they make the most of the gym and the cinema facilities onboard – and how they enjoy their time at sea, but also look forward to returning home and reuniting with their families.

Finally, the video team captured footage of the stock unloading, soon to be distributed across the UK and Ireland. The fisherman can now enjoy their time off before the vessel heads back out to the sea for another trip, and the staff in our depots can prepare to dispatch the new catches.

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