Macduff’s largest fishing vessel delivery

Venture III Built for Whitehills skipper Mark Lovie, Venture III is Macduff’s largest fishing vessel delivery to date
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Macduff Shipyards Limited has completed its largest ever fishing vessel newbuild, the 29.80m LOA by 10.50m beam Venture III, built for Whitehills owner Mark Lovie, who expects to skipper the new trawler opposite longstanding relief skipper Alan Addison.

Venture III is a replacement to Mark Lovie’s previous vessel, the Venture II, built by the same yard in 2001. Unlike its predecessor with its traditional Scottish layout with the cod end gilson forward on the starboard side, Venture III is designed for catches to be brought up the twin stern ramps and dropped through hatches to the hoppers. The new trawler’s design draws heavily on that of the Endeavour IV, which was built by the yard for Mark Lovie’s brother Peter in 2009, but features some subtle alterations to suit the owner’s chosen arrangement and deck machinery package.

The most significant design difference between the two vessels is the rudder and trawl block arrangement. Mark Lovie was keen to retain the turning performance during towing of his previous vessel which had its trawl blocks located forward of the rudder and at the ships side, despite the fact the trawl blocks on the new vessel were to overhang the transom and be aft of the rudder. The solution was a combination of a fixed nozzle and triple rudder which would produce high turning power and a movable trawl block arrangement which allows each block to be moved up to 1200mm longitudinally from there stern position by remote controls fitted in the wheelhouse.

Fabrication of the hull was sub-contracted to the Finomar shipyard at Szczecin in Poland with the hull structure designed, constructed and approved with DNV classification. On completion the hull was towed to Macduff where the outfitting work began with the relevant areas being surveyed by SFIA and the MCA.

The layout below deck is arranged from stem to stern with forepeak fresh water and ballast tanks, a bow thruster compartment, the fish room with double bottom fuel tanks, the engine room and aft peak consisting of fresh water and sea water ballast tanks. The layout between main deck and trawl deck is arranged with a store forward of the collision bulkhead, cabins and changing area, accommodation space consisting of galley, mess and lounge to starboard with fishing handling area port, hopper and engine room access, engineers workshop port side and provisions/laundry to starboard.

The trawl deck is arranged with three SW2300 split sweep winches forward on the centreline with net tracks running aft to two stern ramps. A walkway with transom platform is fitted between stern ramps to provide access to the clump used during twin rig fishing. Outboard of the net tracks the trawl winches are fitted approximately at amidships and in front of the winches exists superstructure which for gear storage, ice making facilities, air handling unit and general accommodation.

The Rapp Ecosse winch installation includes three TWS-4521 trawl winches with a 30 tonne core pull, lebus spooling sleeves, electric remote controls and a Pentagon autotrawl system. Rapp also supplied the three ND1200 bagging winches, two GWB680 codend lifting winches and twin 13.50 tonne M25 gilsons, as well as gear handling winches and a fishroom handling winch. The crane is a 35t/m Toimil T-35000MT/3S unit.

Venture III’s main engine is an MAK 8M20 with a output of 1060kW at 900rpm, arranged with plate cooling in the engine room, supplied by Finning UK and commissioned by Trevor McDonald (Marine Engine Services) Ltd. The engine drives a Mekanord gearbox type 650HS with 6.47:1 reduction ratio to a Helseth 4TX750/240-3100HSD stern gear with 3100mm diameter four bladed CP propeller. The propeller is fitted within a high lift propeller nozzle and triple rudder system supplied by BT Marine.

The steering gear is a Scan Steering MT5000 complete with carrier bearing. The steering gear is situated on the main deck below the ramp area which also houses the emergency steering system. The rudder top stock, tube and lower bearing were made by the yard.

The Mekanord gearbox is fitted with three clutched PTO units for the hydraulic deck machinery and is also fitted with a standby lube oil pump. The control of the engine, gearbox and CP propeller is achieved with a three station control system in the wheelhouse, supplied by Trevor McDonald (Marine Engine Services) Ltd.


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