The new 24m twin-rig trawler Steadfast Hope BF 340 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 Steadfast Hope has been designed and built by Macduff Shipyards Ltd for skippers Zander and John Nicol of Nichol Fishing LLP.

Similar in design and specification to Rebecca FR 143, which Macduff Shipyards completed six months ago, Steadfast Hope’s centreline machinery package includes a Caterpillar C32 main engine (491kW @ 1800rpm) coupled to a Masson Marine 9.077:1 reduction gearbox and a 2500mm-diameter Wärtsilä propeller turning in a propulsion nozzle forward of a triple rudder.

The vessel’s main hydraulic system is driven from 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 3-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, Steadfast Hope is expected to run sea trials next month.

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

Steadfast Hope replaces skipper Zander Nicol’s previous boat, the 19m Flourish BF 340, which was renamed Shalanna BF843 towards the end of last year after being bought by Graeme Buchan and Graeme Smart.

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