A formal naming ceremony was held at Skarfabakki in Reykjavík harbor on Tuesday for Eimskip´s newest vessel, Dettifoss. The general public was invited to celebrate with us as well as employees, customers, and partners. Vilhelm Már Þorsteinsson, the CEO of Eimskip, held a speech, and Pálmi Matthíasson priest blessed Dettifoss. The vessel´s godmother, Elfa Brynja Sigurðardóttir, wished the vessel good luck and a safe journey. Elfa Brynja is a consultant in sales in Iceland and has worked for Eimskip for over 39 years. After the naming ceremony, guests were welcomed on board.
In 2020 Eimskip took delivery of two vessels, Dettifoss and Brúarfoss, the two largest vessels in the history of Eimskip’s fleet. Eimskip took delivery of Dettifoss in May 202. The two vessels are the most environmentally friendly vessels pr. TEU of the whole fleet and the engines are specially built to lower Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and Sulphur Oxide (SOx) emissions into the atmosphere. The vessels are designed with very good maneuvering capabilities and are well equipped to sail in the North Atlantic, with ice class, and are designed according to Polar Code, which is mandatory for sailing in the ocean around Greenland.
In 1914 the board of Eimskip decided that the first two ships should be named after waterfalls, and this principle has been maintained ever since when possible. This is the sixth vessel named Dettifoss in the Eimskips vessel fleet since the first one was named Dettifoss in 1930.