The patrol ship Freyja docked in Siglufjörður November 6th after a five-day voyage from Rotterdam. Many people made their way to Hafnarbryggja in Siglufjörður to see the ship when it arrived at the harbor accompanied by the patrol ship Týs, the Coast Guard’s helicopter and the rescue ships of the Landsbjörg Accident Prevention Association. In addition, responders in the North drove a float from Strákagöngur in honor of the ship, in addition to which the Coast Guard’s special operations team fired three shots of honor from a cannon when the ship came sailing into the fjord.
Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland, Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, Minister of Justice, and Elías Pétursson, Mayor of Fjallabyggð, gave an address on the pier and congratulated the Coast Guard and the Icelandic nation on the patrol ship Freyja. Sigurður Ægisson, parish priest in Siglufjörður, blessed the ship before the guests boarded Freyja.
In March 2021, Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, Minister of Justice, announced that a purchase would be made for a patrol vessel for the Icelandic Coast Guard, which would replace the patrol vessel Týs. It was also decided that the ship would bear the name Freyja, but the Coast Guard’s ships and aircraft have traditionally taken their names from Nordic mythology. In April 2021, a tender was held and after that, a tender was accepted for a ship built in South Korea in 2011 and used as a service vessel for the oil industry. The purchase price amounted to just over ISK 1.8 billion.
The Coast Guard and the Ministry of Justice jointly decided that the home port of the patrol ship Freyja would be Siglufjörður. With increased shipping trips in the Arctic, the number of trips by large cargo and oil vessels along the east and north coasts of Iceland increases. It is expected that the number of cruise ship trips will also increase, and there is no need to say much about the threats posed to the ecosystem in the event of danger. Hours to or from can then be crucial. With Þór in Reykjavík and Freyja in Siglufjörður, the Coast Guard’s response capacity around the country has been increased and it will be easier to ensure the safety of seafarers, Icelanders and resources at sea.
The patrol vessel Freyja is to a considerable extent comparable to the patrol vessel Þór in terms of size and facilities but has greater towing capacity.
With the arrival of Freyja in the Coast Guard’s fleet, the Coast Guard must appoint two powerful patrol vessels, specially equipped to carry out law enforcement, search and rescue in demanding sea areas around Iceland.