The sale to the Hampiðjan Group has been concluded of Canadian fishing gear supplier North Atlantic Marine Services & Supply (NAMSS). The acquisition has been made by Hampiðjan’s Canadian subsidiary Hampidjan Canada, and this significantly strengthens the company’s position on the Canadian east coast.
According to Hampiðjan CEO Hjörtur Erlendsson, the purchase includes the three NAMSS net lofts. The furthest south of these is in Dartmouth, near Halifax in Nova Scotia, another is in St. Johns in Newfoundland and the third is in Port aux Choix in northern Newfoundland, which also provides services to fishing companies in Labrador. The net lofts’ activities are primarily making fishing gear, repairs and chandlery sales.
‘This acquisition strengthens our position on an important market. Hampidjan Canada already has a net loft at Spaniard’s Bay in Newfoundland. With the acquisition of Faroese fishing gear supplier Vónin, Vónin Canada also became part of the group, along with its net loft in Newfoundland,’ Hjörtur Erlendsson said.
Hampidjan Canada’s managing director David Kelly that previously the Spaniard’s Bay net loft with its staff of eight had supplied fishing companies in Newfoundland and Labrador. The acquisition adds 15 staff at the Dartmouth, St. Johns and Port aux Choix locations.
‘We produce crab traps, a variety of demersal trawls, scientific and research gear, and pelagic trawls. In addition, we supply trawl doors, other fishing gear hardware, and general chandlery goods. All the services we provide for the fishing fleet, such as fishing gear repairs, are a prominent part of our business,’ David Kelly said.