Karstensens deliver new Áine

Karstensens deliver new Áine Áine is the latest in a long series of pelagic vessels built at Karstensens

A new pelagic trawler for Irish company Aine Fishing was delivered recently, replacing an older vessel of the same name that had also been built by Karstensens Skibsværft in 2003. Áine is the latest in a series of new pelagic vessels from the Skagen yard.

The previous Áine, a 48.60 metre pelagic trawler, was sold to Denmark earlier this year in anticipation of the new vessel’s delivery. The old Áine was sold to Jens Peter Langer, Danny Lander and Jan Torp Nielsen in Thyborøn for industrial fishing on sandeel, sprat and pout, replacing their previous vessel, Tina Jeanette, which went to new owners Sweden via a refit at Karstensens.

The new Áine has been completed at Karstensens Skibsværft on a hull built at the Nauta Shipyard at Gdansk in Poland.The 56.50 metre LOA, 12.50 metre moulded breadth trawler has a 1136m3 capacity in eight tanks and is expected to operate on traditional pelagic species, targeting mackerel and horse mackerel in particular. Áine is built to a design developed by the yard.

Áine has a MAN 6L27/38 main engine, driving a 3800mm diameter MAN VBS1080 propeller via a Renk RSVL-850 gearbox with a 1:6.7 ratio. A power take-off on the gearbox drives a van Kaick DSU99 shaft alternator to supply electrical power. Additional power is supplied by the twin 560kWe Scania DI16 075M/Nordhavn gensets and the single 125kWe AGXO Sisu Power Diesel/Nordhavn harbour set.

During hauling and shooting with the winches in operation, the PTO is clutched in, with power supplied via the shaft generator. When there is a power demand on the winches, there is not normally the same demand for power on the main engine, allowing the main engine to serve as the primary power source for both propulsion and the hydraulic system. While towing, the PTO can be clutched out, with power supplied by one or both of the gensets that are linked to the main switchboard, controlled by Áine’s DEIF power management system

Steering and manoeuvrability are in the hands of Rolls-Royce, who supplied the Tenfjord SR 642 steering gear, the flap rudder and the 515kW KaWeMa bow and stern thrusters.

Accommodation on board Áine is at main deck level with six cabins, all with en-suite facilities, while the skipper’s and mate’s cabin are contained in the superstructure. In order to create best possible design for low noise, accommodation is located as far away from the propeller as possible.

The working deck aft is arranged with a pair of 61.50 tonne net drums for fishing gear, leading to a pair of hydraulically operated stern gates, each with a roller on top. For tracking gear onto the drums, there are two sets of three hydraulically operated guiding poles. Above-deck tracks for midwater weights are fitted.

Karmøy Winch supplied Áine’s deck equipment, including a pair of 61 tonne trawl winches with a Karm autotrawl system, a 60 tonne top line winch and a 36.80 tonne tail end winch. The aft construction incorporates a substantial trawl gallows, accommodating the main Blue Line trawl blocks as well as the tail end and top line blocks. The netsounder winch and the 5t/12m netstacker/fish pump crane is also mounted on top of the gallows. The aft section of the boat deck is raised, arranged as a pumping area with the cradle for the 18 inch SeaQuest fish pump and reels for the hydraulic hoses and the fish hose. A 4t/14.50m deck crane is fitted on the fore deck. Karmøy Winch also supplied the two complete drive systems for the winches, cranes, pumps and associated equipment.

Áine’s eight RSW tanks have a 1136m3 capacity and are chilled by the twin FrioNordica 530,000kCal/hour systems, with the circulation system fitted with RSW valves with Eltorque actuators and remotely operated via the C-Flow control system. The vacuum system is from C-Flow and features a pair of CRN3000 tanks and twin 66kW Samson compressor units.

The wheelhouse is fitted out with some heavyweight fishfinding equipment, displayed on an array of 55 inch Olorin and 24 and 26 inch Hatteland monitors, including Kaijo KCS3221Z low frequency and KCH3180 medium frequency sonars, as well as a Wesmar trawl sonar. The sounders are a pair of JRC sets, plus a Simrad ES-80. Marport sensors are used to monitor gear performance and configuration.

Radars are Furuno FAR-2137S and 3100-X ECDIS sets. Plotters are a pair of Sodena units and a MaxSea set. Kaijo supplied the KDG-300 current indicator.

The GC80 gyro compass and AP70 autopilot are from Simrad. The V-Sat communications system is from SeaTel, the satellite TV is from Intellian and the A2 GMDSS console is from Furuno.



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