Texel shrimper, first newbuild for TCD

Texel shrimper, first newbuild for TCD Bona Fide TX-65 is the first complete new fishing vessel to be delivered by VCU. Photo: Flying Focus

A Herman Jansen design, shrimp beam trawler Bona Fide TX-65 has been built for Texel skipper Erik Kalf by TCD, the technical division of the Urk Fishermen’s Co-operative (VCU) and is the first full newbuild to be delivered by the company.

It replaced Erik Kalf’s older trawler, which was sold at the beginning of 2017 and which is now fishing as the Monte Senior WL-39.

Bona Fide has a 23.95 metre overall length and a beam of 6.20 metres, and is designed specifically for targeting shrimp in the Wadden Zee and off the Dutch coast. The order was placed with TCD as both the builder and main contractor in August 2017 and the keel was laid in December the same year. The entire hull has been fabricated at TCD’s workshops in Urk, and the boat was launched at the end of May this year for the final stages of fitting out. Bona Fide was delivered to Texel on 27th July.

Bona Fide has a Caterpillar C12 main engine turning a 1500mm diameter, five-bladed Promarin propeller inside a Promarin FS-40 nozzle, via a Twin Disc MGX-5170-DC which also has a switchable PTO for the hydraulic pump.

Auxiliary engines are a pair of Caterpillar C4.4s and a single C2.2. The side thruster is a Sidepower SH550 unit.

The six-drum fishing winch was supplied by Luyt and is located below decks. Luyt also supplied the anchor winch and the Caterpillar engines.

A number of local sub-contractors were involved in completing Bona Fide, including Piet Brouwer who installed electrical system, and The Flux who fitted the plumbing, air conditioning and all the carpentry work on board. Couperus Hydraulics fitted the steering and hydraulic package, while de Boer marine supplied Bona Fide’s wheelhouse electronics systems.

De Boer RVS supplied the catch handling and processing system on deck for sorting and cooking shrimps, which are stored in the amidships fishroom and landed several times during each Monday-to-Friday fishing trip.

As well as constructing the steel hull and aluminium superstructure, VCU was also responsible for supplying Bona Fide’s rigging and anchors, supplying the galley equipment and the full set of safety equipment on board.

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