Shetland owners order new 75m midwater trawler Zephyr

Whalsay skipper Allister Irvine and partners of the Zephyr Fishing Company Ltd have signed a contract with Larsnes Mekaniske Verksted AS to build a new 75.4m midwater trawler for delivery in the summer of 2019, reports David Linkie.

Above: Summer Rose arrives at Whitby after a short tow from Middlesbrough

Ordered to replace the owners’ present 72.8m pelagic vessel Zephyr LK 394, the new Zephyr is designed by Aalesund specialist naval architects Skipsteknisk AS and is based on an ST-125 hull developed for efficient operation in frequently challenging North Atlantic waters.

Of 75.4m LOA, breadth moulded 15m and a depth to shelterdeck of 9m, the new Zephyr will be arranged for pumping pelagic fish at the stern and feature a full-length boat deck.

The design, specification, and arrangement of the new Zephyr are the result of extensive and close cooperation between the owners and two of the leading designers and shipyards in Norway. The main focus has been set on optimising working, safety and comfort for the crew, together with catch-handling, storage facilities, and fuel consumption.

In order to reach these targets, the vessel’s machinery and equipment will incorporate the latest technology, with suppliers chosen carefully to match specification and requirements.

The hydraulic deck machinery package will be manufactured by Karmøy Winch AS and include 2 x 90t split trawl winches and 2 x 110t net drums, in addition to top-line and tail-end (45t) winches, 2 x netsounder winches, 3 x auxiliary winches and 10 x mooring/anchor winches. Three Karmoy deck cranes will also be fitted.

Pelagic fish will be stored in 12 RSW tanks with a combined capacity of 2,500m³.

The vessel’s propulsion system will include a Wärtsilä 12V33 main engine (6960 kW), Wärtsilä SCV95-PDC63 gearbox, 4000mm-diameter propeller and a 3100kW shaft generator.

Caterpillar auxiliary engines will generate additional electrical power.

Electrically-driven Brunvoll transverse thrusters (1300kW) will also be fitted.

Vision IV rolled out at Macduff

The new 24m twin-rig prawn freezer trawler Vision IV BF 191 was rolled out from Macduff Shipyards’ main fabrication hall onto the adjacent slipway before entering the water last week, reports David Linkie.

With 7.4m of beam and a moulded depth of 4.2m, the fully-shelterdecked Vision IV has been designed and built by Macduff Shipyards Ltd for skipper Zander Jack and Vision LLP.

Vision IV features a Mitsubishi main engine, Reintjes WAF 474 gearbox of 7.5:1 reduction and a 2500mm-diameter propeller turning in a propulsion nozzle forward of a triple rudder.

The vessel’s main hydraulic system is driven by a Cummins QSL9 auxiliary engine. Two Cummins 6BT5.9DI(M)-based electrical generators are also fitted.

The shipyard manufactured most of the vessel’s deck machinery package, including the customary three-drum trawl winch, housed in a dedicated winch compartment on the main deck forward of the main catch-handling area amidships. Two split net drums are mounted on the enclosed quarter. Two Thistle Marine deck cranes are also fitted.

Launched at an advanced stage of completion, Vision IV is expected to run sea trials towards the end of the year.

McMinn Marine of Fraserburgh supplied and installed the wheelhouse electronic equipment, while the trawler’s twin-rig net monitoring system is from Scanmar UK.

Since Vision IV was moved out of Macduff Shipyards’ main fabrication hall, the already fabricated hull modules for a 24m seine netter for Fraserburgh skipper Bruce Buchan are now being assembled.

New Westray trawler Keila christened in Denmark

The new 28m whitefish trawler Keila K 121, built by Vestværftet ApS for Orkney skippers Tommy Tulloch and Michael Leslie, was named in the customary manner by skipper Tommy Tulloch’s wife Alena at Hvide Sande, Denmark last month, reports David Linkie.

On completion of fishing trials off the Danish coast, Keila is expected to arrive at Westray soon, after calling at Fraserburgh to box and take on new fishing gear.

Fishing activities on the new Keila will be focused towards the stern of the full-length shelterdeck, with catches being bagged over the transom on the vessel’s centreline.

Rapp Marine Ltd of Peterhead has supplied the vessel’s complete hydraulic package, including the pumps driven by two PTOs mounted on the gearbox. The bespoke deck machinery includes two large split-trawl winches located on the forward half of the shelterdeck under the boat deck, two 2 x 12t split net drums situated towards the stern, and two 8t bagging winches.

Keila is powered by a Caterpillar 3508C Tier II-compliant main engine (577kW @ 1200rpm), Heimdal HG5 9.44:1 reduction gearbox, and a matching Heimdal K600 2800mm-diameter CP propeller and nozzle. Two Volvo Penta D7AT auxiliary engines, driving 116kVA Newage Stamford generators, are also fitted in the aft engineroom.

Keila is designed to carry around 1,400 boxes in the step-free fishroom, 31,000 litres of fuel, and 20,000 litres of freshwater for domestic and ice-making requirements.

Summer Rose arrives at Whitby

Twenty-four hours after floating off the launch cradle into the River Tees at Middlesbrough (Fishing News, 26 October), the new 20.3m automated scalloper Summer Rose OB 141 arrived at Whitby, where the vessel will now be fitted-out by Parkol Marine Engineering, reports David Linkie.

Designed by SC McAllister & Co Ltd for the Star Fishing Company of Oban, Summer Rose will feature a Mitsubishi S6R2 T2-MPTK main engine and three Mitsubishi auxiliary units providing electrical and hydraulic power.

Including 2 x 17t split trawl winches and 2 x 7t Gilson winches, the deck machinery now being installed on Summer Rose was supplied by EK Marine of Killybegs.

Summer Rose is scheduled for completion next spring.

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