Fishing companies started operating stern trawlers on a regular basis in Iceland in 1970 while the first stern trawler started fishing about 20 years earlier. Andrés Gunnarsson, a young engineer, introduced the concept of the stern trawler which transformed the entire working conditions of the fishing industry.
There are freezers on board the multipurpose fishing vessels, so the catch can be processed directly.
Barði NK 120. The first stern trawler in Iceland arrived in January 1971, built in France 1967. Steel 328 BRT. Barði was sold to France in 1979.
Stálvík SI 1. Built 1973 by Stálvík Garðabær, 314 BRT. The ship was the first stern trawler built in Iceland. Extended in 1986, 364 GRT. Stálvík was sold to Denmark as scrap metal in 2005.
Breki VE 61. Built in 1976 by Slippstöðin hf. Akureyri, 491 GRT. Was renamed Gudmundur Jonsson GK 425 and considered the most advanced vessel in Iceland. Restored by Slippstöðin Akureyri 1978. Sold to Norway in 2007 as scrap metal.
Örvar HU 21. Built in Akureyri 1982, 499 GRT, this ship was the first fillet freezing trawler in Iceland. It was sold to Russia in 1997.