The Whalsay 72.8m midwater trawler Antares LK 419 left Shetland earlier this month after being sold to Iceland and renamed Margrét EA-710 by new owners Samherji HF, reports David Linkie.

Featuring a Wartsila 12V32E main engine and Rapp deck machinery, Antares was built in Norway by Flekkefjord Slipp and Maskinfabrikk AS in 1996 as a 64.4m pelagic vessel for Whalsay skipper Lowrie Irvine and Antares Fishing Company Ltd.

In 2009 Antares returned to Norway when Larsnes Mek. Verkstad AS was the main contractor for extensive upgrade and lengthening work overseen by Skipsteknisj AS of Ålesund.

Carried out under sub-contract by Alkor Shipyard in Gadnsk, lengthening of Antares included cutting the trawler in half forward of the accommodation casing to insert a 6m hull section midships.

A new 2.4m section housing hydraulically operated doors was also fabricated and added to the vessel’s stern.

Three additional RSW tanks were incorporated into the new hull module to increase the vessel’s storage capacity to 2200m3.

The additional  buoyancy of the new hull sections raised Antares’ freeboard by 400mm, thereby enhancing crew and vessel safety while reducing water drag and hull resistance.
Other major structural alterations included raising the wheelhouse by ¾ of a level after it was first removed and a new section added to the accommodation casing, and extending the whaleback aft.

On completion of the hull rebuilding, Antares steamed to Norway where Larsnes Mek. Verkstad AS fitted a totally new fish handling system, including pipes/chutes and catch separator.

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The Whalsay 72.8m midwater trawler Antares LK 419 left Shetland earlier this month after being sold to Iceland and renamed Margrét EA-710 by new owners Samherji HF, reports David Linkie. Featuring a Wartsila 12V32E main engine and Rapp deck machinery, Antares was built in Norway by Flekkefjord Slipp and Maskinfabrikk AS in 1996 as a 64.4m pelagic vessel for Whalsay skipper Lowrie Irvine and Antares Fishing Company Ltd. In 2009 Antares returned to Norway when Larsnes Mek. Verkstad AS was the main contractor for extensive upgrade and lengthening work overseen by Skipsteknisj AS of Ålesund. Carried out under sub-contract by Alkor Shipyard in Gadnsk, lengthening of Antares included cutting the trawler in half forward of the accommodation casing to insert a 6m hull section midships. A new 2.4m section housing hydraulically operated doors was also fabricated and added to the vessel’s stern. Three additional RSW tanks were incorporated into the new hull module to increase the vessel’s storage capacity to 2200m3. The additional  buoyancy of the new hull sections raised Antares’ freeboard by 400mm, thereby enhancing crew and vessel safety while reducing water drag and hull resistance. Other major structural alterations included raising the wheelhouse by ¾ of a level after it was first removed and a new section added to the accommodation casing, and extending the whaleback aft. On completion of the hull rebuilding, Antares steamed to Norway where Larsnes Mek. Verkstad AS fitted a totally new fish handling system, including pipes/chutes and catch separator.

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