Atlantic Lady switched to French flag
One of the UK-flagged pelagic vessels operated by Dutch fishing company Vrolijk is switching from the UK to the French flag.
Previously operated as the Atlantic Lady and originally built as Wiron 1 for Jaczon, the trawler becomes the Label Normandy under its new French registration and has been sold by North Atlantic to FÃ©camp company SPES Armement.
France PÃ©lagique, also a Vrolijk subsidiary, recently acquired a substantial shareholding in SPES Armement, buying the shares held by Yvon Neveu, who will remain actively involved in operating Label Normandy which replaces the companyâ€™s existing vessels.
Label Normandy will fish with a French crew in the English Channel and North Sea for mackerel and herring which are frozen at sea for human consumption, with some of the catches landed to the FÃ©camp factory.
The vessel remains part of the Vrolijk fleet as both North Atlantic and France PÃ©lagique are both wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Dutch parent company.
Label Normandy was built in Spain in the mid-90s as one of a pair for Jaczon, subsequently also acquired by Vrolijk, with Wiron I sold to North Atlantic and the UK flag in 2015 to become Atlantic Lady. As well as fishing for herring and mackerel, it has also performed a scientific research role by taking part in mackerel egg survey work.
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