Ekofish orders twin-rigger from Stellendam yard

UK-105 The hull of the new trawler is being built at a Polish yard and completion is set for early 2019

Dutch fishing company Ekofish Group has contracted Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam to build a new twin-rig trawler. The design and equipment of the new vessel will all be in line with Ekofish’s dedication to sustainable fishing methods.

Family-owned Ekofish Group has a history that goes back more than a century. The company’s working practices can be seen as a product of this rich fishing heritage and a sustainable business philosophy. Ekofish was the first European flatfish fishing company to receive MSC certification back in 2009.

The design of the new vessel has been a collaboration between Ekofish, Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam and naval architect Vripack, more well-known for its leisure boat portfolio.

“We got together in March 2017 to design the various design parameters,” said Ekofish’s Louwe de Boer. “We wanted something innovative; in that respect we are not scared of change. This has been a very enthusiastic co-operation – combining Damen’s know-how with our own fishing experience.”

The 32 metre length and 9.60 metre breadth trawler is Vripack’s first fishing vessel design

“We were invited to look at the creation for the trawler with a fresh pair of eyes; approaching the project from a non-conventional angle from our position of a holistic design and naval architecture studio,” said naval architect Ierring Faber.

“In the next phase of the project, the valuable input from Maaskant Shipyards made the design develop into a feasible trawler while still doing justice to the innovative concept design that we started off with.”

Taking on the requirements of returning customer Ekofish, the team at Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam aimed to optimise the efficiency of the vessel’s systems wherever possible. Using the design of the power plant as an example, Eric Moerkerk, Manager Operations at the yard, explained; “The vessel will have diesel-electric propulsion, using three generators lined up to a DC-Bus. This will reduce the peak load demands that are characteristic of the operational profile of fishing vessels.”

In addition, the power plant will be supplemented by a battery pack.

“The batteries can be used for short-term tasks at sea, and also while in harbour – removing the need to use the main engines. They can be charged in various ways; during periods of engine overcapacity or even capturing the energy created when the winches are paying out. These techniques are ground-breaking for the fisheries industry.”

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