The new-look Shetland midwater trawler Antarctic II LK 145 returned to Lerwick at the beginning of this month to quickly rig out for the North Sea herring fishery following an extensive vessel upgrade and lengthening project in Norway, reports David Linkie.

Above: Antarctic II prepares to come alongside in Lerwick Harbour for the first time following an extensive vessel upgrade project. (Photo: Sydney Sinclair)

The new-look Antarctic II in the north entrance to Lerwick harbour (Photo: Ivan Leask)

Since skipper John William Stewart and partners of Fiskebas Fishing Company Ltd delivered the 13-year-old Antarctic II to the Vard Langsten Shipyard in Tomrefjord, Norway, the 61.9m vessel has been modernised to plans formulated by her original designers, Skipsteknisk AS.

Work included inserting a new 7.8m section into the hull amidships, fitting a watertight full-length boat deck, and a new whaleback that has given Antarctic II a completely new profile.

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