The history of M/S Nesbakk

In 1974 the young cousins Leif Steinar Alnes and Arild Alnes had been fishermen for a few years on the family fishing boat. One day they decided to start by themselves and signed up for a year of school with fishing subjects and navigational certification.

After successfully finishing school in 1975 they bought a part of Hans Brungot’s fishing boat “Høydølen” and started the partnership firm “PR Høydølen”. The boat was 55 feet and equipped with traditional lining gear and gillnets.

Three years later, in 1979 the boat was too small so they bought the bigger 65 feet long “Skjongholm”, equally equipped.
The fishing had been good and now Arild’s brother Vidar Alnes also bought into the partnership and the name was changed to “PR Skjongholm”.

Leif Steinar Alnes (left) and Arild Alnes (right).

In 1981 Hans Brungot retired and his son Aage Brungot took over his father’s part. In 1985 the partnership decided to extend the business and bought the 27 meter long vessel “Nesbakk” also equally equipped. After buying Nesbakk they again changed the name of the partnership to “PR Alnes and Brungot”.

Both business and fishing went well and ten years after the buying of the first Nesbakk it was again time to expand. This time they went abroad to find the right vessel. In 1995 in Canada they bought a 34 meter long fishing vessel equipped for longlining, a more advanced and commercial kind of lining. The vessel was also rigged for gillnets. They renamed it Nesbakk. The investment was great success and for four years the partnership increased in wealth. In 1997 the partnership “PR Alnes and Brungot” changed class to a private limited company and name to “Nesbakk AS”.

M/S «Nesbakk» in 1999.

In 1999 it was time to expand again and because of the great success from the fist longliner, they decied to build a new longliner themselves. Together with Rolls Royce and Nordvestconsult, they made the design focusing on safety, comfort and modern equipment and technology for the new “Nesbakk”. This is the only vessel Nesbakk AS owns today and it is still one of Norway’s most advanced and efficient longliners. This vessel is also rigged for gillnets.

Nesbakk can bait and haul up to 46000 hooks a day, spread on a 40 natuical mile long line. The entire gear takes 5 hours to bait and set in addition to 19 hours to haul. 

A normal longlining operation requires a crew of 13 people, 2 navigators, 2 factory workers, 1 chef, 1 cook and 7 deckhands handling the gear. All crew is accommodated in single cabins.

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