The fully-completed hull of a new design of automated scalloper was launched into the River Tees at Middlesbrough last week, after being built for the Star Fishing Company of Oban by MacDonald Offshore & Marine, under sub-contract to Parkol Marine Engineering.

Above: The load-out of Summer Rose down the slipway at low water, before the scalloper floated off six hours later in preparation for being towed to Whitby.

Specialist low-loader units were used to load-out Summer Rose.

Specialist low-loader units were used to manoeuvre Summer Rose OB 141 from the building hall and down an adjacent slipway at low water, where custom-built cradles supported the vessel after the remotely-controlled transporters were removed. After floating off the cradles six hours later, Summer Rose was berthed alongside a quay overnight before being towed to Whitby the following day (Friday, 20 October).

Parkol will now commence machinery installation and fit-out of Summer Rose, which is scheduled for completion in the spring of next year.

Designed by Ian Paton of SC McAllister & Co Ltd, the vessel’s round bilge hull has main dimensions of LOA 20.3m, registered length 16.49m, beam 7.4m, depth moulded 4.05m and draft 4.8m.

A full Mitsubishi engine package is already in place on Summer Rose. The propulsion system consists of a Mitsubishi S6R2 T2-MPTK main engine (479kW @ 1350rpm), Reintjes WAF 374 gearbox with a reduction ratio of 7.09:1, a 2200mm-diameter propeller and high-efficiency fixed nozzle.

The scalloper’s hydraulics will be driven by a Mitsubishi 6D24 variable speed auxiliary engine. Electrical power will come from two Mitsubishi 6D16-T engines driving 100ekW 125kVa Stamford generators.

EK Marine of Killybegs manufactured a bespoke deck machinery package for the new scalloper, including a 2 x 17t split trawl winches, 2 x 7t Gilson winches, 2 x 3t pulling down winches, and the outer hull tipping doors.

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