January 17, 2024  /  Blog

When it comes to fish, we believe that size really does matter.

And the same can be said about the vessels.

But unlike the movie Jaws, we don’t need a bigger boat, because our flagship vessel, the Kirkella, is a true titan of the high seas – and it’s registered right here in Britain.

Built in 2018, it is capable of catching a whopping 2.3m fish per trip, which are then frozen at sea and unloaded back in the UK when it docks in Hull.

Essentially, it is a floating factory.

As a working boat, it boasts state-of-the art equipment and whirring machinery to rival anything on dry land.

Before it docks, the Kirkella’s 30-plus crew members spend 12 hours a day cleaning, filleting and freezing cod and haddock plucked from the icy waters of the Barents Sea, before packaging them on-board in preparation for them hitting chippys across the country.

They can be long, hard days – so that’s why the Kirkella is also built for fun.

In their downtime, our hard-working crew can unwind with a host of incredible facilities.

The 240ft trawler has an onboard cinema and gym – and even a hot tub!

Last summer, a group of our fabulous customers were invited onboard following our social media competition to see just how special it is for themselves.

They enjoyed a behind-the-scenes peek at both the crew’s spacious living quarters as well as the incredible floating factory where millions of fish start their journey to plates the length and breadth of Britain.

And of course, we made sure they could tuck into a freshly prepared fish and chips feast prepared in the Kirkella’s restaurant quality kitchen – with fish caught by the crew themselves!

Now that really is as fresh as it gets!

For more information on the Kirkella, and our other vessels, visit https://www.collinsseafoods.co.uk/the-fleet.html.



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