New flyshooting winches for Neeltje

Loading the winches on to Neeltje Loading the winches on to Neeltje

VCU TCD has fabricated new Osey Urk flyshooting winches for flyshooter/twin-rigger H-426 Neeltje, owned by Osprey Trawlers Ltd.

Osprey Trawlers is a fishing company owned by the de Boer family from Urk, The Netherlands, which operates flyshooting, twin-rigging and beam-trawling vessels.

New winches were ordered as the company’s existing flyshooting winches had broken down. The owners had to urgently look for a new pair of winches and choose the Osey Urk flyshooting winches from VCU TCD because of the robust and reliable winch construction and the well-known service.

Construction of the winches was carried out in the VCU TCD factory in Urk and was completed within six weeks of the order being placed. 

In the meantime, preparations took place for changes to be made to the existing hydraulic system onboard the vessel.

Construction work on the vessel itself was also done to strengthen the deck where the winches would be placed. This was done because the new winches were heavier than the previous winches (the total weight of each winch is more then 10t).

VCU Maritime took care of the transport to the port of Harlingen, The Netherlands, and with the help of a large crane, the winches were lifted aboard through a hole in the side of the hull.

The winches were then lined out and were ready to be welded to the deck. After that the hole in the side of the hull was closed up again and work on the hydraulic system was carried out to get the winches ready for running.

After that was done, tested and approved, VCU Maritime supplied the vessel with flyshooting ropes.

The vessel’s sea trials were successfully carried out on 13 January and the ship was ready to fish in the English channel. The ship sailed to the fishing grounds in the English Channel the following week.

Neeltje was built in 2000 as L- 426 Anders Nees by Hvide Sande Skibs & Badebyggeri A/S. During the summer the vessel is twinrigging in the North Sea and during the winter the ship moves to the French Channel for flyshooting. The vessel catches gurnard and mullet, along with squid and sea bass.

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