VESSEL REVIEW | Breidtind – Large factory trawler delivered to Norway’s Nergard

VESSEL REVIEW | Breidtind – Large factory trawler delivered to Norway’s Nergard

Photo: Nergard

Norwegian fishing company Nergard recently took delivery of a new stern trawler designed and built by compartriot Vard.

Named after one of the tallest mountains in Norway, Breidtind is the second of three trawlers ordered by Nergard from Vard. Construction of the hull took place at Vard Braila in Romania while completion was carried out at Vard Brattvaag in Alesund municipality.

As with its earlier sister Senja, the newbuild is of a design that Vard has continuously developed to meet the latest demands for fish health management, efficiency, and environmentally friendly operations. The vessel was also built to incorporate efficient technology to bring catch ashore with a minimal environmental footprint, which will then lead to improvements in both catch quality and crew safety as well as more sustainable operations.

Breidtind has an LOA of 80.4 metres, a moulded beam of 16.7 metres, a maximum draught of 6.9 metres, a deadweight of 1,920 tonnes, and accommodations for 25 personnel. The newbuild is outfitted for semi-pelagic and bottom-trawling operations and also has H&G processing and handling equipment optimised for fish and shrimp. Facilities include live tanks, refrigerated and freezer holds, and a 390-square-metre ensilage tank for processing of biomass ashore. The factory was provided by Steel-X while the freezing equipment are from Teknotherm.

The vessel’s electronics include an echosounder and a Doppler current graph from Sonic Corporation and other communications and navigation electronics from Furuno.

Photo: Vard

Breidtind is also outfitted with Vard Electro’s energy storage system. This battery system can be recharged through the permanent magnet regenerative trawl winches. This can operate in conjunction with a power management system for seamless integration with the hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system, which in turn minimises fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. A heat recovery system further increases the vessel’s overall efficiency.

The diesel-electric propulsion system consists of Caterpillar generators and an engine, a gearbox, and thrusters all supplied by Kongsberg Maritime. The propulsion system combined with the ice-strengthened hull ensure that the vessel is compliant with DNV’s Silent F notation.

The bridge management platform integrates the onboard systems easily and intuitively, focusing on optimisation of the operator’s workstation allowing storing of one’s own preferred setup. This reduces workload in addition to simplifying operations and enhancing safety. Other onboard management systems combine to provide bridge crews a full performance overview, enabling them to easily manage their operations with the aim of power optimisation for reduced emissions.

The vessel’s deck equipment includes two cranes, a windlass, two capstans, and an assortment of winches supplied as part of a completes Seaonics package specially designed for safe and efficient handling under harsh conditions. The trawl winches have high dynamic performance enabling optimum conditions for trawling in all conditions. During shooting or paying out wire, all winches regenerate power back to the Vard Electro energy storage system, hence reducing the power consumption during operation.

The other deck equipment includes Markussen trawl blocks, a Fossen anchor, and hatches and exterior doors from Libra Plast.

Photo: Gjoran Johansen

The onboard amenities meanwhile include 25 single cabins, day rooms, mess areas, and a gym. All accommodation spaces are outfitted to reduce outside noise. For emergencies, the vessel is equipped with a suppressant system from Tyco Fire and Integrated Solutions, lifeboats supplied by Survitec, and an MOB boat from Maritime Partner.

Breidtind was delivered to its new owners in February of this year and has since been operating off the coast of northern Norway, where it is licenced to catch cod, haddock, saithe, and shrimp.

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Type of vessel: Factory trawler
Classification: DNV
Flag: Norway
Owner: Nergard, Norway
Designer: Vard Design, Norway
Builder: Vard, Norway; Vard Braila, Romania
Length overall: 80.4 metres
Beam: 16.7 metres
Draught: 6.9 metres
Deadweight tonnage: 1,920
Main engines: Kongsberg Maritime
Gearbox: Kongsberg Maritime
Propulsion: Kongsberg Maritime
Generators: Caterpillar
Side thruster: Kongsberg Maritime
Batteries: Vard Electro
Depth sounder: Sonic Corporation
Other electronics: Furuno; Sonic Corporation Doppler current graph; Vard Electro
Winches: Seaonics
Capstan/windlass: Seaonics
Cranes: 2 x Seaonics
Anchor: Fossen
Refrigeration/fish processing equipment: Steel-X factory; Teknotherm; refrigerated hold; freezer hold; live tanks; ensilage tank; Markussen trawl blocks; Libra Plast hatches; Libra Plast doors
Firefighting equipment: Tyco Fire and Integrated Solutions suppresant system
Lifeboats: Survitec
Rescue boat: Maritime Partner
Type of fuel: Diesel
Accommodation: 25 x cabins; day rooms; mess areas; gym
Crew: 25
Operational area: Northern Norway

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