New pelagic catcher Taits heads home to Scotland

Taits heads home to Scotland Taits has been built at Westcon for the Klondyke Fishing Company. Photo: Westcon
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The Westcon shipyard at Ølensvåg in Norway has delivered the latest pelagic vessel to join the Scottish fleet, the Rolls-Royce-designed Taits, built for the Klondyke Fishing Company.

Taits FR-229 represents a return visit by the Tait family to Westcon, which built the Chris Andra for them in 2006. This time the new 74.80 metre LOA by 15.50 metre pelagic vessel was completed at Westcon on a hull that was delivered last year partially outfitted by the Remontowa yard in Poland.

According to the Klondyke Fishing Company’s William Tait, the smooth building of Chris Andra back in 2006 was one of the key reasons for coming back to the Westcon yard for the new trawler.

“Here there are people with plenty of expertise who are very easy to work with. If they come across a challenge they go straight into solution mode,” said William Tait, who has spent the past few months at the yard during the fitting out process.

“This ship has great advantages in that it ensures the quality of the catch even better, with opportunities for even faster cooling of the fish.”

One of the most technologically advanced fishing vessels of its kind, Taits has a 2202m3 carrying capacity in eleven RSW tanks chilled by a pair of FrioNordica 1300kW RSW systems, and with a Cflow vacuum pump system. Karmøy Winch supplied the two 20-inch fish pumps, as well as the forward and gallows fish pump cranes, plus the net handling crane.

Rolls-Royce provided not only the NVC331 design for Taits, but are also a prominent supplier, providing the comprehensive package of Brattwaag type winches, including the main trawl winches, top-line, mid-line and tail end winches, plus a pair of net drums.

The engine room also has Rolls-Royce all over it, with a Bergen Diesel B32:40 V12P main engine developing 6000kW to drive a KaMeWa controllable pitch propeller inside a 4200mm nozzle via a 950 GHC P600 reduction gear with a PES MJR710M shaft generator. The rudder, steering gear and Helocon X3 thrusters and propulsion control are also from Rolls-Royce.

Gensets are a pair of 3512C Caterpillars coupled to Stamford PM734F-2 generators, plus a C9.3 harbour/emergency set.

A great deal of the most up-to-date technology has gone into Taits, including a bank of 55-inch wheelhouse displays and one of the first of the new Furuno navigation systems to be fitted to a fishing vessel.

The radar sets in the wheelhouse are Furuno FAR3210 and FAR32305-SSD sets. Simrad supplied the ES80 38 and 200kHz sounders, while the sonars are a medium-frequency Kaijo KCS-5885Z and Furuno FSV25 and FSV75 sets. The chart plotters are MaxSea TZ Pro Fishing units and the AP80 autopilot and GC-80 gyro compass are from Simrad.

Furuno also delivered the CI-68 current log, SC70 satellite compass, pair of GP170 navigators and the FA170 AIS. Boning supplied the integrated bridge system and Sailor supplied the communications systems, including the VHF and MF/HF radios, as well as the 600ka Vsat system and the 6110 Mini-C GMDSS installation.

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