Orkney Islands skipper Tommy Tulloch and engineer Michael Leslie have taken delivery of their new whitefish trawler Keila, which was designed and completed by Denmark’s Vestværftet in Hvide Sande on a hull built at the Nauta yard in Poland.
The first purpose-built whitefish boat built for Orkney in almost 20 years, the single-rig trawler Keila measures 28 metres overall with an 8.2-metre beam and 4.1-metre moulded depth. It is powered by an eight-cylinder Caterpillar 3508 engine.
Fishing activities will be focused towards the stern of the full-length shelterdeck, with catches of cod, haddock and saithe being bagged over the transom on the vessel’s centreline.
Keila’s fish-handling deck has been fitted out by VCU with a full sorting, gutting and washing system, and hoppers in the fishroom with capacity for 1400 boxes. Nordkøl supplied the two 4,500kg Buus slush icemakers and the fishroom chiller system.
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