VESSEL REVIEW: Grateful – Danish-built pelagic trawler for Scotland

Photo: Skelly
Photo: Skelly

Grateful, a new 69.95-metre pelagic trawler built at Nauta Shipyard in Poland and Karstensen Shipyard in Denmark, has been delivered to the Eshcol Fishing Company, based in Fraserburgh, Scotland.

Grateful replaces the Whyte family’s 64-metre Forever Grateful, which has been sold to Norwegian interests. The new vessel will be operate along the same lines as the existing vessel, within a traditional pelagic trawl fishery, where target species are mackerel and herring.

William (Sr) and Andrew Whyte headed the family business for three decades, but have now passed the task to the next generation with William Whyte (Jr.) as skipper, and Nathan and Aaron Whyte, as well as son-in-law Derek Cardno, crewing the vessel. The family has a long history in the fishing industry, stretching back to William and Andrew’s grandfather in the early 1900s with the small inshore vessel Excelsior.

The vessel’s design, specification and arrangement is a result of an extensive and close cooperation between owners and yard. The main focus was optimising working safety and comfort for the crew, optimising catch handling and storage facilities, and optimising fuel consumption.

The newbuilding is the first fishing vessel in the Scottish fleet to boost a retractable thruster, supplied by Brunvoll. This thruster can work as a drop-down Azimuth, functioning as a take-me-home device, or even used during slow steaming, dodging or stern pumping.

MaK supplied the complete propulsion plant, including a 9M32 main engine, at 4,500kW. The propeller design was optimised to the specific service profile of the vessel, with rpms between 100 and 130 to ensure optimised bollard pull for trawling, as well as good free-sailing characteristics.

Auxiliary engines are from Mitsubishi, consisting of three units, two of 820kWe and one of 600kWe.

Rapp Hydema supplied the deck machinery package. SeaQuest supplied two net roller cranes on the gantry aft.

Type of vessel:Pelagic trawler
Classification:DnV +1A1 Fishing Vessel Ice-C
Homeport:Fraserburgh, Scotland
Owner:Eshcol Fishing Company, United Kingdom
Designer:Karstensens Shipyard, Denmark
Builder:Nauta Shipyard, Poland (hull)

Karstensens Shipyard, Denmark

Construction material:Steel
Length overall:69.95 metres
Length between pp:63.60 metres
Breadth moulded:15.00 metres
Depth main deck:6.50 metres
Depth shelter deck:9.20 metres
Main engines:MaK 9M32, 4,500kW @ 600rpm
Gearboxes:Scana Volda ACG 850/2-speed
Propulsion:Scana Volda ACG95, 4,200mm
Auxiliary engines:2 x Mitsubishi S12A2-MPTAW, each 820kWe

Mitsubishi S12A2-MPTAW, 600kWe

Shaft alternator:A van Kaick, 2,500kW @ 1,200rpm
Thrusters:Brunvoll stern thruster, 950kW

Brunvoll retractable thruster, 800kW

Speed:16.5 knots
Trawl winches:2 x TWS-34041, 90t pull
Net reel:ND-34000B, 92t, storage capacity: 30m3
Top line winch:TWS-22031T, 73t pull
Tail end winch:GW-10002B, 46.7t pull
Forward/aft mooring winches:4 x GW- 2300B, 11.1t
Back strop winch:2 x GW-200B-2,0, 3.6t
Net sounder winch:SOW-502R – 3,0, 4.0t
Anchor winch:AWW-2300, 5.6t
Cranes:Sea Quest
Fish pumps:Sea Quest
RSW plant:2 x Johnson Controls, each 1,341kW
RSW tank:2,030m3
Fuel oil:570m3
Fresh water:60m3

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