New Chris Andra ordered
Klondyke Fishing Company has placed an order for a 75,80 m Pelagic Trawler newbuilding with Karstensen Shipyard.
Build number #489 will carry the proud name “Chris Andra” and will sail from her homeport of Fraserburgh, Scotland.
Klondyke Fishing Company is owned and headed by well-known Tait family of Fraserburgh.
The Tait family business stretches decades back; first newly built vessel was wooden-hulled “Fertile”, FR 305, built in 1962. Brothers Andrew, Robert and Willie Tait developed the business with multiple additions to the fleet, constantly being on the forefront with new and modern vessels, during 1970s and 80s. Named after the brothers parents, the first “Chris Andra”, built in 1975, was at the time the biggest pelagic/purse seiner in the UK – and one the very most successful.
Klondyke Fishing Company was established as a limited company in 1985 integrating the brothers business and with next generation deeply involved as skippers and shareholders. Today Klondyke Fishing Company remains a strong family business with 3 generations involved. Current fleet of modern pelagic trawlers consists of “Challenge” built in 2005, “Chris Andra” built in 2006 and “Taits” delivered in 2019.
The new vessel will operate along the same pattern as the existing vessels, with a traditional pelagic trawl fishery, where crew safety and quality of catches are of primary importance, complimented by modern designs and low exhaust emissions.
The new “Chris Andra” is scheduled for delivery in July 2026.