The new Co Galway midwater trawler Girl Stephanie G 190 arrived at Killybegs last week after being named at Skagen, where the vessel was built by Karstensens for owners Stephanie Flaherty and Patricia, Tomás and Pauric Conneely, reports David Linkie.

Designed in-house by Karstensens for pumping pelagic fish at the stern, Girl Stephanie has main dimensions of LOA 51.9m, beam 11.20m and a depth to shelterdeck of 7.55m.

Girl Stephanie berthed at Skagen.

Girl Stephanie berthed at Skagen.

The hull was built at the Nauta Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, and arrived in Skagen in June for completion by Karstensens.

Girl Stephanie features a MAN 6L27/31 main engine, Brunvoll gearbox, Caterpillar auxiliary engines and MacGregor deck machinery.

SeaQuest Systems of Killybegs supplied the vessel’s fish-pumping equipment and two deck cranes. Skippered by Tomás Conneely, Girl Stephanie replaces a 45m midwater trawler of the same name, built by Karstensens in 2005.

Girl Stephanie is expected to start fishing mackerel in January, pair-trawling with the very similar Western Chieftain SO 237, which Karstensens completed just two months ago for Frank Doherty of Premier Fish Products, Killybegs (Fishing News, 22 November).

Main image: Pauric, Therese, Natasha, Liam and Tomás Conneely with JP Flaherty and Stephanie Flaherty at the naming ceremony.


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