Rolls-Royce design for US pelagic catcher

Rolls-Royce design for US pelagic catcher Arctic Storm’s new pelagic vessel will be Rolls-Royce’s first US newbuild

Rolls-Royce Marine has signed a landmark contract with US shipyard Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors for the development of a 100 metre state-of-the-art pelagic trawler for the Seattle-based Arctic Storm Management Group.

In addition to being the largest fishing vessel contract to date for Rolls-Royce with a value of about £15m, it also marks the first Rolls-Royce fishing vessel concept to be built at a shipyard in USA.

Rolls-Royce has been working closely with owner Arctic Storm in developing this latest design, and the vessel will be equipped for processing fillets, surimi, fishmeal and fish oil. It will also have accommodation for a crew of more than 150.

“This will be the largest and most advanced fishing vessel ever to be built in the US,” commented Doug Christensen, CEO of Arctic Storm Management Group. “The fact that both the design and the supply and integration of the comprehensive equipment package is provided from, and co-ordinated by, Rolls-Royce is a key enabler for us.”

The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2021, and it will be 100 metres in length with a beam of 21 meters, built to a Rolls-Royce NVC 336 WP design arranged for pelagic trawl operation in the North Pacific waters catching wild Alaska Pollock and cod fish. In addition to the design, Rolls-Royce will deliver an integrated package of advanced ship technology and equipment to the vessel.

“We are very happy about this contract which could open possibilities within a new segment for us. Our Louisiana-based shipyard and Rolls-Royce have worked well together before, and we feel confident that this project will follow the same successful path,”

said Walter Thomassie, Managing Director of Thoma-Sea Marine Constructor.

Commenting on the choice of Rolls-Royce as the ship’s developer, Doug Christensen added: “It is a critical factor to have a technology partner with a strong presence in the region who are able to support the construction of the vessel at the yard, in addition to having a strong service organisation to support us during operations. We strive towards continuous improvement in everything we do, however this investment will take us a giant step forward.”

“Arctic Storm Management Group is a long-time customer of our products and services, and we are of course delighted that they have now chosen a complete Rolls-Royce design and integrated system solution for their newbuilding. Arctic Storm’s long experience in this type of fishery is of high value in our design development phase. We are not only creating a fishing vessel together, but also a fully equipped, floating fish processing plant,” added Knut Eilert Røsvik, Rolls-Royce – Marine, SVP Ship Design & Systems.

In addition to the design, Rolls-Royce will supply the propulsion system based around a Bergen B33:45 main engine in combination with Bergen generator sets. This arrangement is deigned to optimise and meet the requirements for low fuel consumption, reduced emissions and low noise and vibration levels. Included in the Rolls-Rolls supply is also​ the bow thruster, deck machinery systems, automation and control systems, power electrical system, steering gear and a flap rudder.

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