Cuxhaven heads for Barents Sea

29 Aug 2017

German-registered factory trawler Cuxhaven heading to the Barents Sea for its first trip. Photo: Monrad Hide/Rolls-Royce

The first new trawler for German company Deutsche Fischfang Union (DFFU) for 21 years has been delivered by Kleven’s Myklebust Verft yard in Norway. The 80m LOA, 16m beam Cuxhaven NC-100 was delivered in mid-August, provisioned in Ålesund and sailed for its first trip in the Barents Sea.

The Rolls-Royce designed Cuxhaven is the first of a series of new trawlers for subsidiaries of Icelandic operator Samherji, as the company replaces older tonnage with more efficient and economic vessels capable of operating under a variety of conditions.

“This is a milestone for DFFU here in Germany. Among other things, conditions for the crew and working conditions are a big step forward,” said DFFU’s managing director Haraldur Grétarsson. “The next few weeks are going to be exciting ones for us.”

According to Rolls-Royce, the new, low resistant hull design meets increasing demands for fuel saving capabilities combined with good sea keeping and speed characteristics, with a great deal of attention paid to designing an efficient trawler, capable of meeting requirements for improved onboard working efficiency combined with of safe working conditions for the crew.

Plenty of Rolls-Royce technology has gone into Cuxhaven and the other trawlers to come in the same series. As well as the design, this includes the Bergen Diesel  B33:45 L6 P man engine and complete propulsion system, extensive control systems and the deck equipment package. Cuxhaven has a palletised cargo hold and a 60 tonne/day capacity in its two automated horizontal plate freezers.