Pelagic newbuild Grateful delivered to Fraserburgh owners

Pelagic newbuild Grateful delivered to Fraserburgh owners Grateful has been built by Karstensens for the Whyte family and Eshcol Fishing in Fraserburgh

The new pelagic trawler Grateful has been completed by the Karstensens shipyard at Skagen, and delivered to owners Eshcol Fishing.

Designed as a dedicated pelagic trawler to target primarily mackerel and herring, the new Grateful has been built for the Whyte family, replacing their previous vessel, Forever Grateful, which has been sold to Norway and is fishing as Trygvason.

William (Sr) and Andrew Whyte have headed the family business for 3 decades, but has now passed the task on to next generation with William Whyte (Jr) as skipper, Nathan and Aaron Whyte as well as son-in-law Derek Cardno also on board. The family has a long history in the fishing industry stretching back to William and Andrews grandfather in the early 1900’s with the small inshore vessel Excelsior, FR 887. The owners and the yard have a longstanding relationship, as William (Sr) and Andrew were the first to take a Scottish fishing vessel to the Karstensen Shipyard for a major refit back in 1983.

Grateful’s hull was built at the Nauta Shipyard in Poland and towed to the Karstensen yard for completion, arriving in Gdansk in October last year.

The 69.95m Grateful has a 15m beam, and is the latest in a long series of pelagic vessels designed and built for operators in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Ireland and Scotland.

According to the yard, the vessel design, ​specification and arrangements are a result of an extensive and close cooperation between owners and yard. Main focus has been on optimisation of working, safety and comfort for the crew, catch handling- and storage facilities, and fuel consumption.

Among other things, this vessel will be the first fishing vessel in the Scottish fleet to boost a Brunvoll retractable thruster. This  can operate as a drop-down Azimuth, functioning as a take-me-home device, or even used during slow steaming, dodging or stern pumping.

Grateful has an MaK 9M32C, 4500kW main engine powering a 4200mm Scana Volda CP95/4 propeller via a Scana Volda ACG-850/PS680, 2-speed reduction gear which is fitted with a 2500 kW shaft generator. Auxiliaries are twin 820kWe Mitsubishi S12A2-MPTAW and a 580kWe S6R-Z3 MPTAW harbour set. The Brunvoll thrusters are a 950kW aft and an 850kW retractable combi thruster forward.

During heaving/shooting operations with the winch system is in use, the gearbox PTO is clutched in, and electric power supplied from the shaft alternator. When there is demand for full power on the winches, there will normally not be same demand for power on the main engine, allowing the main engine to be power source for both propulsion and winch system. While towing, the shaft alternator can be disengaged and the electrical power can be supplied by either of the gensets.

Electrical power system is fitted for sliding frequency (60-50 Hz), by means of frequency converters for 400/440 V and static converter/UPS for stable 230 V supply. This allows the main engine and propeller rpm to be reduced with 17%.

Deck equipment has been supplied by Rapp Marine, with 90 tonne trawl winches and 92 tonne net drums in a waterfall configuration, as well as topline, tail-end and other winches. Sea Quest supplied Grateful’s 24” fish pumps and the cranes used to deploy them.

Capacity in Grateful’s eleven RSW tanks is 2033 cubic metres.



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