Factory trawler customised to maximise seasonal catch

Rolls-Royce has designed the first factory trawler ordered by a Norwegian shipowner for 20 years, and delivered much of its equipment.

To make the most of Prestfjord’s new fishing vessel in different seasons, the company needed it to be optimised as a shrimp trawler as well as a white-fish filleting/heading/gutting factory trawler. The result is a new generation of NVC 368 design customised to meet the shipowner’s requirements.

“In choosing Rolls-Royce it was decisive that the company developed the design further in co-operation with us, and according to our specifications,” said Ola Helge Holmøy, managing director of Prestfjord AS, a fishing company based in Sortland. “Very good references on similar projects were also important.”

“This is a new generation trawler where great emphasis has been put on optimising the design of the hull in accordance with speed, stability, seakeeping and bollard pull,” said Monrad Hide, general manager of the Rolls-Royce fishing vessel design department in Ålesund, which negotiated the company’s £3 million contract.

The total price for the trawler will be over £16 million.

The 65.4m-long vessel will have a beam of 15.6m. It will be built at the Solstrand AS yard in Tomrefjord, and delivery is planned during the autumn of 2009.

The vessel will mainly be trawling in the North Atlantic, the Barents Sea and the ocean around Spitsbergen. It will therefore be equipped with a stable ice-strengthened hull for ice breaking according to DNV class A. This also enables the trawler to sail to Spitsbergen during the winter.

The vessel will be equipped for twin trawling operated by three Rolls-Royce AC electric driven winches with more than 50 tonnes pulling power. The vessel is also prepared for later installation of a forth trawl winch for triple trawl.

Living quarters will accommodate 38 people. The 6,000kW main engine will produce a design speed of 16 knots, and will be prepared for NOx reduction systems.

“We are very pleased with this contract,” said Monrad Hide. “Following a long period of few newbuildings within the fishing industry in Norway there is now optimism and increased activity.”

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