Fraserburgh skipper Stephen West’s new 23.95m twin-rig trawler Daystar FR 86 was christened in the traditional manner by his daughters Kasey and Steffie at Whitby last Friday, reports David Linkie.

Above: The 250t Daystar is lowered into the water the River Esk at Whitby.

Daystar FR 86

Skipper Stephen West’s daughters Steffie and Kasey prepare to name Daystar by breaking the traditional bottle of champagne on the bow at the first attempt.

Using a specialist large-capacity crane, Daystar was smoothly lifted from the quayside, where it was built and fitted-out under cover by Parkol Marine Engineering, before being lowered into the River Esk on the morning tide.

Daystar is scheduled to run engine and fishing trials later this month from Whitby, before heading north to start twin-rig trawling from Fraserburgh.

Designed by Ian Paton of SC McAllister & Co Ltd, the fully shelter-decked Daystar is the first of a new class of vessel featuring a round bilge hull with a registered length of 23m, 7.8m of beam and a depth moulded of 4.25m.

EK Marine of Killybegs manufactured Daystar’s full deck machinery and hydraulic package. The customised order includes a three-barrel 2-speed trawl winch (35t) with a drum capacity for 750 fathoms of 22mm-diameter wire, two 2 x 12t split net drums, a 7t Gilson winch and two auxiliary gear-handling winches.

EK Marine also manufactured a knuckle boom powerblock (1.5t @ 6.7m) and stiff boom landing (1t @ 8m) cranes.

Daystar’s propulsion system features a Mitsubishi S6R2-T2 main engine (476kW @ 1350rpm) Reintjes WAF 474L 7.476:1 reduction gearbox and a 2500mm-diameter propeller. Other engineroom machinery also includes a Cummins QSL engine (213kW @ 1800rpm) hydraulic engine and two Mitsubishi 6D16T auxiliaries (105kW @ 1500rpm) driving 100kVA generators.

Daystar FR 86

A proud day for Stephen, Kasey, Steffie and Lynne West as Daystar goes into the water at Whitby.

20,000 litres of fuel is housed in four tanks, including two double bottom tanks under the floor of the fishroom, which will have a working capacity of some 800 boxes. 14,000 litres of freshwater will be carried in the bulbous bow tank that will supply a 2.5t Geneglace ice machine installed by Premier Refrigeration, together with the catch-chilling system.

McMinn Marine of Fraserburgh and Scanmar of Peterhead supplied the vessel’s wheelhouse electronic and door/net monitoring system respectively.

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