VESSEL REVIEW | Amanda of Ladram – High-capacity 20m netter for Waterdance Fishing

VESSEL REVIEW | Amanda of Ladram – High-capacity 20m netter for Waterdance Fishing

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Waterdance Fishing, a family-owned fishing company and subsidiary of UK-based Greendale Group, has taken delivery of a new vessel that will be used to catch hake, turbot, cod, haddock, pollock, monk, and other mixed fish.

Built by Parkol Marine Engineering of Whitby to a design by Ian Paton of naval architects SC McAllister and Co, Amanda of Ladram has an LOA of 20.4 metres, a moulded beam of 7.7 metres, a moulded depth of 4.06 metres, and a hull with a round bilge design with a transom stern, a bulbous bow, and soft nose stem. The steel hull is topped by an aluminium aft wheelhouse. The non-weathertight, full-length shelterdeck and the mast are also fabricated in aluminium.

“This vessel was quite unique from the start due to its being the first newbuild gillnetter of its size to join the UK fleet in over 15 years,” the designer told Baird Maritime. “It was based on the newbuild trawler Reliance III but with modifications to the design to suit the layout required for gillnetting.”

The designer added that using the example of Reliance III as a base for the hull proved prudent as the design offered a wider beam to allow for more space within the vessel for equipment and accommodation.

“Due to the difference in fishing styles (trawling vs gillnetting), the shelterdeck design needed significant changes to suit the change in fishing method. This included a complete redesign of the aft shelter, which was increased in height significantly and constructed from aluminium, as opposed to steel, to keep the weight to a minimum.”

The layout places the 500-box capacity fish room with its Geneglace icemaker forward, with the engine room amidships and accommodation for up to ten crew and passengers aft, along with the compartment for the Wills Ridley steering gear. A Thistlelift MFB8 crane is mounted on the shelterdeck for landing catch.

At main deck level the hauling position is on the starboard side, with a Spencer Carter hauler arranged to swing into its working position as the hydraulic hatch opens. The catch handling hoppers and washer are located on the forward deck, with fishing gear taken aft through a channel leading under the wheelhouse on the port side.

The superstructure amidships contains the galley, mess area, washroom and oilskin store. Fifteen net ponds are arranged under the aft shelterdeck, with capacity to hold all of the vessel’s trammel and gill net gear. A John Leach net flaking system capable of traversing in any direction runs on rails above the pounds to place the net-op net flaker where required.

A Volvo Penta D16MH 484kW main engine turns a Kort 2,300-millimetre, controllable-pitch propeller via a Nogva Heimdal CPP-HG389S reduction gearbox to deliver a service speed of 10 knots. The bow thruster is a Kort KT90.

“The propulsion setup uses a controllable pitch propeller to reduce the need to be in and out of gear all of the time, as would be the case with a fixed pitch propeller. This is key for a vessel that will not likely be moving more than one to two knots when hauling the gillnets.”

For electrical power, Amanda of Ladram relies on a pair of Volvo Penta D5A-BTA 100kVA generator sets, which are run alternately to adequately fulfil the vessel’s energy requirements.

The wheelhouse boasts a unique design with a rounded roof/canopy and large forward windows for visibility. Included in this design was the addition of a short wheelhouse mast to house the antenna, radar, and other equipment, which were also rounded in nature to compliment the design of the wheelhouse. The structure itself was fitted to the vessel offset 0.5 metres to starboard from the centreline to allow the skipper/coxswain a better view down to the hauling hatch when bringing in nets.

“One of the more difficult challenges during the design was the styling of the wheelhouse roof,” the designer told Baird Maritime. “We wanted to ensure that we could achieve the rounded style with aluminium plating. After a few rounds of varying designs with alterations to the curvature of the roof, we finally settled on a shape that we believed could be constructed from pre-formed aluminium plating.”

The wheelhouse systems have been supplied by Echomaster Marine, with a selection of AG Neovo 22-inch and 19-inch displays for the electronics and an E-Logbook PC. The fishfinder is a Hondex HDX-121 Black box chartplotter/echo-sounder with dual 50Hz and 200kHz frequencies and seabed mapping. The plotters are an Olex 3D seabed chartplotter with AIS and HT modules, and a Maxsea Timezero, supplied to Waterdance by Globe Marine, with PBG and AIS modules.

Echomaster Marine also supplied the JRC JLR-21 GPS compass, Furuno GP39 GPS receiver and a pair of Simrad radars, an NSO Evo3 with Halo 6 Pulse Compression and an NSO Evo3 with Halo 4 Pulse Compression, as well as the Navitron NT777 autopilot with NT920 watch alarm, NT920NFU remote steering levers and 920RAI rudder indicators.

The communications package includes an Icom IC-M423G VHF DSC radio, a Sailor 6210 VHF set and a JRC JSS-2150  MF/HF DSC set. The GM1600E GMDSS liferaft radio is from Icom and there is an ICS NAV6+ paperless Navtex receiver. The V60Ka band VSAT antenna system for internet at sea with wifi is from Intellian. The vessel also has a 16-channel CCTV system with 4MP cameras mounted in key working areas, plus a hull-mounted camera providing a view of the propeller and rudder.

Echomaster Marine supplied the VEP8 GPS EPIRB and the Phontek 10 station Intercom system for internal communication on board. The I6PE 60cm Satellite TV antenna with messdeck freesat TV and bluetooth soundbar is an Intellian system.

Amanda of Ladram now operates in the South West Approaches of the UK (Devon/Cornwall) with its homeport being Newlyn.

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Amanda of Ladram
Type of vessel: Gillnetter
Classification: MCA
Flag: UK
Year of completion: 2021
Owner: Waterdance Fishing, UK
Operator: Waterdance Fishing, UK
Designer: S C McAllister and Co, UK
CAD software: AutoCAD 2D; Maxsurf; Wolfson HST
Builder: Parkol Marine Engineering, UK
Hull construction material: Steel
Superstructure construction material: Steel; aluminium
Deck construction material: Steel; aluminium
Length overall: 20.4 metres
Length bp: 16.49 metres
Beam: 7.7 metres
Depth: 4.06 metres
Gross tonnage: 173
Capacity: 500 boxes
Main engine: Volvo Penta D16 MH, 484 kW at 1,800 rpm
Gearbox: Nogva Heimdal CPP-HG389S
Propulsion: Kort four-bladed controllable-pitch propeller
Generators: 2 x Volvo Penta D5A-BTA, each 100 kVa
Side thruster: Kort KT90
Steering system: Wills Ridley
Cruising speed: 10 knots
Hydraulic equipment: 2 x Hercules Hydraulics three-phase electric motors, each 37 kW
Electronics supplied by: Echomaster Marine
Radars: 2 x Simrad NSO Evo3
Radios: IC-M423G VHF DSC; Sailor 6210 VHF; JRC JSS-2150 MF/HF DSC
Sonar: Hondex HDX-121 fish finder
Satcom: Intellian V60Ka band VSAT antenna system; Intellian I6PE 60cm Satellite TV antenna
Autopilot: Navitron NT777
Compass: JRC JLR-21 GPS
GMDSS: Icom GM1600E
GPS: Furuno GP39
Plotters: Olex 3D seabed chartplotter with AIS and HT modules; Maxsea Timezero
Audio/video system: 16-channel CCTV system with 4MP cameras; Phontek 10 station intercom system
Alarm/monitoring system: Navitron NT920 watch alarm
Other electronics: AG Neovo displays, 22″ and 19″; Navitron NT920NFU remote steering levers; Navitron 920RAI rudder indicators; ICS NAV6+ paperless Navtex receiver; VEP8 GPS EPIRB
Crane: Thistlelift MFB8
Fishing equipment: Spencer Carter net hauler; 15 x net ponds under aft shelter deck; John Leach net flaking system over net ponds
Refrigeration/fish processing equipment: Geneglace ice machine
Type of fuel: Diesel
Fuel capacity: 20,000 litres
Freshwater capacity: 14,000 litres
Accommodation: 10 x berths; galley/mess; toilet; washroom
Crew: 6
Passengers: 4

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