Vard wins contacts for seven stern trawlers

Vard stern trawler The 29 by 12m Vard vessels will incorporate a large trawl deck with electric permanent magnet motor-driven trawl winches

Vard has secured contracts worth NOK700m for the design and construction of seven stern trawlers for four Icelandic shipowners.

Together, VARD and shipowners Bergur-Huginn, Utgerdarfelag Akureyringa, Gjögur and Skinney-Thinganes have developed a design incorporating a large trawl deck with electric permanent magnet motor-driven trawl winches and a refrigerated cargo hold with a capacity of 240 cubic meters and a fish processing area.

Gunnþór Ingvason, CEO of Sildarvinnslan and its subsidiary Bergur-Huginn, commented: “We chose to go with VARD for this project as we believe that it is greatly advantageous to work with a company with deep expertise in both ship design and shipbuilding.

“The past and current generations of Icelandic fishermen have had excellent experience working with Norwegian yards, and we look forward to the cooperation with VARD.”

Twin screw propulsion

The 29 by 12m vessels will include a twin screw mechanical propulsion system designed to be efficient and save fuel and large propellers and rudders to ensure smooth operations in harsh environments and safe handling of the fishing gear. In addition, they will be able to accommodate a crew of 13.

The vessels will be constructed and outfitted by Vard Aukra in Norway.

The first two vessels will be delivered to Bergur-Huginn in Q1 and Q2 2019. The third vessel is expected to be delivered in Q2 2019 to Utgerdarfelag Akureyringa, a wholly owned subsidiary of seafood company Samherji.

Gjøgur is due to receive the fourth and fifth vessels in Q2 and Q3 2019 and Skinney-Thinganes will take delivery of the sixth and seventh vessels in Q3 and Q4 2019.

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