Damen Maaskant to build new Belgian beamer

Damen Maaskant to build new Belgian beamer Damen Maaskant has contracted to build a new 38m beamer for Belgian owners. Photo: Damen

Belgian family fishing company Rederij Long Ships has contracted Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam to build a new 38-metre long beam trawler to a new Maaskant BT3808 design, modified to deliver an additional 12% bollard pull.

Damen Maaskant has designed the new vessel, Franson Z-91, to comply with the maximum length and gross tonnage permitted by the Belgian Maritime Inspectorate. The yard’s research carried out with propeller developers and manufacturers SIP Marine aims to reduce fuel consumption in relation to current hull forms in use in the Belgian fleet. This study has resulted in a 12% increase in bollard pull.

“A good time to invest,” said Rederij Long Ships owner Eddie Cattoor.

The contract signing was very much a family affair, with Eddie Cattoor, his wife, daughter and son-in-law all present, reflecting their commitment to a long-lasting family company, and he commented that there is a combination of factors behind the decision to invest in a new beamer.

“We had been looking forward to a new vessel for some time – and now the time is ripe. Fish prices and quotas are satisfactory, the fuel price is reasonable and our current vessel is ready for replacement. In short, a good time to invest. We have complete confidence in Maaskant and expect them to build a perfect vessel for us,” he said.

The company goes back to 1934 when Rederij Long Ships was set up by Eddie Cattoor’s grandfather. It has been a family-owned operation ever since, and has been running beam trawlers for several decades.

The new Franson Z-90 will replace Rederij Long Ships’ current beam trawler, Francine Z-90.

Rederij Long Ships intends to continue its current operational pattern, fishing year-round in North Sea and Skagerak, in addition to the summer season in the Bay of Biscay.

“We are honoured with the trust placed in us by the Cattoor family. With this new vessel, their company and its successors are ready for the future,” said Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam commercial manager Jeroen van den Berg, adding that this is the first newbuild contract between Rederij Long Ships and Damen Maaskant

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