New Boat of the Year: Pelagic

This award celebrates innovation in the build and facilities of a new pelagic fishing vessel that entered service in the UK or Irish fleets in 2019. All new pelagic boats featured in Fishing News in 2019 will be included automatically.

Adenia LK 193

Of 69.90m LOA and a beam of 15.6m, Adenia effectively features three continuous decks – main, shelter and forecastle, while a profiled boat deck extends aft of the rounded wheelhouse. In order to create maximum space when the crew are working on the midwater nets, Adenia’s trawl deck is slightly longer than usual. At the owner’s request, the 80t topline winch is located on the starboard side of the shelterdeck; an arrangement which keeps the lifeline as low to the water as possible, to promote catch quality by making it easier to spill fish back to the bag.

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Charisma LK 362

Designed for pumping pelagic fish over the stern, the 75m Charisma features 11 RSW tanks with a combined capacity of 2,350m3. The midwater trawler is fitted with 28 items of AC electric-drive deck machinery, delivering an aggregate core pull of over 600t. Catches of blue whiting, herring and mackerel are transferred from the bag aft to the separator unit amidships by one of two electric fish pumps. A retractable Brunvoll 850kW azimuth thruster fitted forward provides an alternative propulsion facility in the event of main engine or gearbox failure, in addition to transverse thrust.

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Taits FR 229

With a LOA of 74.8m and a beam of 15.5m, Taits was specifically designed to operate from Fraserburgh harbour. The midwater trawler features a number of forward-thinking ideas designed to reduce the vessel’s carbon footprint and enhance operational safety and crew comfort. These include a fuel-saving Rolls-Royce Promas propulsion and manoeuvring system; heat recovery system, in which hot water from the main and auxiliary engines is used to heat all internal areas throughout the vessel, two stern thrusters and a Furuno big bridge system.

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Zephyr LK 394

Midwater trawling deck machinery on the 75.4m midwater trawler Zephyr is arranged at shelter, boat and upper boat deck levels. Fish pumping operations are carried out at the stern. Zephyr features a custom-designed and fully integrated electrical power supply system specifically developed to provide optimum levels of running efficiency and fuel efficiency. Including six auxiliary generators, the end result is a significant first for a pelagic vessel. Each Caterpillar engine was specifically selected to run a predetermined range of machinery, thereby eliminating the need to have large generators running when power requirements are low.

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