Fishing Vessel News Roundup | July 22 – Trawler deliveries in Spain, Scotland and the Faroes, orders in Belgium and Germany and more

Photo: Armon Shipyard

New trawlers are now in operation with customers from Spain, Scotland, and the Faroe Islands while orders have been placed for new trawlers and aquaculture support vessels for operation in Norway, Germany, and Belgium. Construction has also begun on a new harvesting boat slated for a US East Coast oyster harvesting company.

Spanish fishing company to operate new trawler in West Africa waters

Spanish fishing company Pesqueras Alfonso has taken delivery of a new freezer trawler built by local shipyard Armon.

Jomafran Segundo is the first in a planned series of three ordered by the same customer. The newbuild measures 29.5 by eight metres and has accommodations for 20 crewmembers and a freezer hold capable of storing catch at minus 30 degrees Celsius.

Power is provided by a 716kW main engine.

Peterhead fisher adds prawn trawler to fleet

Photo: Macduff Ship Design

Peterhead fisher and boat captain George Hepburn recently welcomed a new prawn trawler to his fleet.

Celestial Dawn was designed by Macduff Ship Design to replace a similarly named boat built in 2000. It measures 22.75 by 7.6 metres and is powered by a Caterpillar C32 main engine.

The new trawler is the first vessel in a planned series of three. The second trawler is currently under construction while work on the third vessel will commence before the end of the year.

Norwegian yard delivers factory trawler to Faroese owner

Norwegian shipyard Vard has handed over a new factory trawler to Faroe Islands fishing company Framherji.

The 84-metre Akraberg will specialise in fishing for and processing of shrimp and whitefish. Equipment for both bottom trawling and semi-pelagic trawling are installed.

Accommodations are available for 25 crew and processing personnel.

Construction of the hull was done at Vard Braila in Romania while completion took place at Vard Brattvaag. Design work was provided by Vard Design.

Zeebrugge fishers select Dutch yard for replacement beamer

The Savels family of Zeebrugge, Belgium, has selected Padmos Shipyard of Stellendam in the Netherlands to build a new beam trawler.

The vessel, which will be named Van Eyck, may also be modified for twin-rig fishing depending on the season.

Delivery of the new trawler is scheduled for the second half of 2023. It will replace a similarly named vessel that has been in operation for 40 years.

Turkish yard secures factory trawler order from Germany’s Nordbank Hochseefischerei

Photo: Skipsteknisk

Nordbank Hochseefischerei, a German subsidiary of Netherlands-based fisheries company Parlevliet en van der Plas, has awarded a contract to Turkey’s Tersan Shipyard to build a new 88-metre factory trawler.

The Skipsteknisk-designed Jan Maria will be equipped for processing shrimp and groundfish. Power will be provided by a 7,000kW main engine.

The vessel will be delivered to its new owners in July of next year.

Construction underway on new oyster farm workboat for Virginia operator

Photo: US Watercraft

North Carolina boat builder US Watercraft has commenced construction on an aluminium aquaculture support vessel for an oyster farm operator in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay.

The 26-foot (7.92-metre) vessel will combine a low freeboard, V hull, and shaped bow to allow it to hold position in shallow water while oyster baskets are retrieved from adjustable longlines before returning to shore. The crew of four will be housed in an insulated walk-around aft cabin.

The boat will be built to be trailer-transportable even while fully loaded.

Norway’s AQS orders hybrid service catamaran

Photo: Macduff Ship Design

Norwegian shipping company AQS has selected Skagen Ship Consulting and Macduff Ship Design as main contractor and designer, respectively, for a new hybrid service vessel for aquaculture support services.

Skagen Ship Consulting will be responsible for the delivery of the design and equipment package with the 18.5-metre vessel, which will be built in its entirety at TRX Marine in Yalova, Turkey.

Macduff will design the vessel to be capable of round the clock operation. The accommodation will have galley, mess, and lounge facilities with individual cabins for the four crew.

The vessel will be equipped with a diesel electric hybrid package with a large battery capacity of 1,156 kWh. Deck equipment will include two cranes.

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