The new midwater trawler Grateful FR 249 took to the water last month after sliding down Nauta Shipyard’s slipway at Gdañsk, reports David Linkie.

Grateful will now be towed to Denmark for completion by main contractors Karstensens Shipyard A/S for skipper William Whyte Jr and the Eshcol Fishing Company of Fraserburgh.

Of 69.95m LOA, breadth moulded 15m and a depth to shelterdeck of 9.20m, Grateful features an extensive full-length boat deck and will be rigged for pumping pelagic fish at the stern.

Scheduled for completion in July 2017, Grateful will be powered by a MaK 9M32 main engine (4500 kW @ 600rpm), Scana Volda ACG95 2-speed gearbox, a matching 4.2m-diameter propeller optimised to the specific service profile of the vessel, with rpms between 100 and 130.

Electrical power from a 2,500kW shaft generator will be supplemented by supplies from three Mitsubishi S12A2-MPTAW auxiliary engines driving 2 x 820kWe and 1 x 600kWe electrical generators.

The new Fraserburgh vessel will be the first vessel in the Scottish fleet to feature a retractable thruster. Supplied by Brunvoll, this 800kW thruster can work as a dropdown Azimuth unit, functioning as a take-me-home device, or even used during slow steaming, dodging or stern pumping. A 950kW Brunvoll stern thruster will also be fitted.

Grateful will also be the first Scottish pelagic vessel to be equipped with deck cranes and two 24-inch fishpumps manufactured by SeaQuest Systems of Killybeg.

With a reach of 14m, and lifting capacity of 4t @ maximum radius, the two aft cranes will be mounted on the trawl gantry. 2t powerblocks, featuring hydraulic tilt and continual rotation, will be fitted to each crane. The continual rotation facility on the powerblock is an extremely useful feature for mending midwater trawls, or taking twists out of the net, brailer, or bridles.

The forward crane will be a knuckleboom unit, with a reach of 18m, and lifting capacity of 4t.

Rapp Marine have manufactured the vessel’s deck machinery, including 2 x 90t high capacity winches c/w electronic spooling, 2 x 90t net drums, top line winch (73t) and tail end winch (47t), together with four mooring winches (11t), 2 back strop winches (3.6t), net sounder winch (4t), anchor winch and hose reels.

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The new midwater trawler Grateful FR 249 took to the water last month after sliding down Nauta Shipyard’s slipway at Gdañsk, reports David Linkie. Grateful will now be towed to Denmark for completion by main contractors Karstensens Shipyard A/S for skipper William Whyte Jr and the Eshcol Fishing Company of Fraserburgh. Of 69.95m LOA, breadth moulded 15m and a depth to shelterdeck of 9.20m, Grateful features an extensive full-length boat deck and will be rigged for pumping pelagic fish at the stern. Scheduled for completion in July 2017, Grateful will be powered by a MaK 9M32 main engine (4500 kW @ 600rpm), Scana Volda ACG95 2-speed gearbox, a matching 4.2m-diameter propeller optimised to the specific service profile of the vessel, with rpms between 100 and 130. Electrical power from a 2,500kW shaft generator will be supplemented by supplies from three Mitsubishi S12A2-MPTAW auxiliary engines driving 2 x 820kWe and 1 x 600kWe electrical generators. The new Fraserburgh vessel will be the first vessel in the Scottish fleet to feature a retractable thruster. Supplied by Brunvoll, this 800kW thruster can work as a dropdown Azimuth unit, functioning as a take-me-home device, or even used during slow steaming, dodging or stern pumping. A 950kW Brunvoll stern thruster will also be fitted. Grateful will also be the first Scottish pelagic vessel to be equipped with deck cranes and two 24-inch fishpumps manufactured by SeaQuest Systems of Killybeg. With a reach of 14m, and lifting capacity of 4t @ maximum radius, the two aft cranes will be mounted on the trawl gantry. 2t powerblocks, featuring hydraulic tilt and continual rotation, will be fitted to each crane. The continual rotation facility on the powerblock is an extremely useful feature for mending midwater trawls, or taking twists out of the net, brailer, or bridles. The forward crane will be a knuckleboom unit, with a reach of 18m, and lifting capacity of 4t. Rapp Marine have manufactured the vessel’s deck machinery, including 2 x 90t high capacity winches c/w electronic spooling, 2 x 90t net drums, top line winch (73t) and tail end winch (47t), together with four mooring winches (11t), 2 back strop winches (3.6t), net sounder winch (4t), anchor winch and hose reels. Read more from Fishing News here or browse our collection of Boat of the Week images here.