I followed up the casualty Fame which featured in my last Coastal Commentary.
She had suffered loss of power off Harris in a storm and only narrowly avoided going ashore when her anchors dragged being pulled to safety by the contracted coastguard tug Ievoli Black. I found Fame back in action and in the same waters off Harris where the incident occurred. So as predicted, she has lived to sail again.
I looked into the company Sandgrevstur that operate her. Sandgrevstur is a family run enterprise founded in 1949 and it is the third generation of the family which owns and operates the company today with 45 employees. It is principally Faeroese based, but with its vessels having a presence in Norway, Denmark and Scotland. When their business started, the main activity was to pump sand and gravel and sell it to other companies, but later, the company’s activities diversified.
At one time, owning fishing vessels besides carrying bulk cargoes, but it soon became necessary to get work abroad from their narrow domestic base and as things stand today, all their vessels are largely operating away from the Faeroes with currently four handy sized freighters of considerable character; Fame, Vitin, Sandfrakt 443,’65 and Vestborg, but they also lease others.
A large part of their activity, besides Fame’s salmon farm supplies in Scottish waters, still includes selling and transporting raw materials for concrete and asphalt production and delivering these to remote coastal building sites. Scandinavians are inveterate builders and you cannot spend much time in those waters without the throb of a handy sized motor vessel busy delivering the necessary materials to build or rebuild dwellings, farms and indeed quays and jetties.