VESSEL REVIEW | Franson – New beam trawler for Belgium’s Long Ships

Photo: Buurveld

Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam has handed over a new beam trawler to Rederij Long Ships, a family-owned fishing company that has been operating in Flemish waters since 1934.

Damen said the trawler, which has been named Franson, is of a new Bureau Veritas-classed design that features the maximum tonnage and length permitted by the Belgian Maritime Inspectorate. The vessel has also been further modified to ensure a 12 per cent increase in bollard pull during trawling, which is just one of the steps towards achieving the owner’s goal of reducing total fuel consumption over time.

The newbuild also boasts a highly ergonomic interior layout and accommodation spaces that guarantee improved comfort. These attributes were incorporated to make it easier for the eight-strong crew to operate for days out at sea.

The captain and the chief engineer are each housed in single cabins while the remaining six crew have three double cabins available to them. Other crew facilities include a galley, a mess, and a communal sanitary room and toilet on each deck.

Photo: Damen

Franson has a length of 37.95 metres, a moulded beam of 8.5 metres, a draught of 5.8 metres, and a gross tonnage of 385. The vessel’s hull was built in Gdansk in Poland and later transported to Damen Stellendam in the Netherlands for final outfitting.

The vessel can sail at a maximum speed of 10.7 knots and a cruising speed of just above eight knots, thanks to an Anglo Belgian Corporation 6DZC diesel engine that drives a fixed-pitch propeller via a Reintjes gearbox. A 90kW bow thruster has also been installed to ensure enhanced manoeuvrability.

The vessel’s main fishing equipment consists of two 10-drum winches while the catch processing deck is fitted with conveyor belts, chutes, an automated weighing system, flake ice machines, and a 200m³ chilled hold with capacity for 900 fish boxes that weigh 40 kilograms each.

The trawler has also been fitted with a complete navigation and communication package from Alphatron Marine. These electronics include JRC radar, compass, fish finder and multi-beam sonar, an AlphaSeaPilot autopilot, an AlphaCam CCTV system, and a complete VSAT/TVRO satellite communications setup. Power for the fishing equipment, the navigation electronics, and the communications gear is supplied by a pair of 280kW generator sets.

Franson will be used to fish year-round in the waters of the North Sea and the Skagerrak as well as in the Bay of Biscay during the summer months. The latest addition to the Rederij Long Ships fleet will replace Francine, an older vessel being operated by the same owner.

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Type of vessel:Beam trawler
Classification:Bureau Veritas ✠ HULL ○ MACH 100A1 Beam trawler
Owner:Rederij Long Ships, Belgium
Operator:Rederij Long Ships, Belgium
Designer:Damen Shipyards Group, Netherlands
Builder:Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam, Netherlands
Length overall:37.95 metres
Length bp:33.14 metres
Beam:8.5 metres
Depth:4.7 metres
Gross tonnage:385
Capacity:200 cubic metres
Main engine:Anglo Belgian Corporation 6DZC, 1000 kW
Propulsion:Fixed-pitch propeller
Generators:2 x 280 kW
Side thruster:90 kW
Steering system:NACA rudder
Maximum speed:10.7 knots
Cruising speed:8.0 knots
Electronics supplied by:Alphatron Marine
Satcom:VSAT/TVRO system
Cameras/night vision:AlphaCam CCTV
Other electronics:JRC fish finder
Winches:2 x 10-drum fishing winches; anchor winch
Refrigeration/fish processing equipment:Conveyor belts; chutes; automated weighing system; flake ice machines
Interior fitout/furnishings:Fish hold
Type of fuel:Diesel
Fuel capacity:80,000 litres
Freshwater capacity:18,000 litres
Sewage/blackwater capacity:6,000 litres
Accommodation:2 x single cabins; 3 x double cabins; galley; mess; communal sanitary rooms; toilets

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