VESSEL REVIEW | Olympic Prawn – Factory trawler for Olympic Seafood’s krill harvesting activities


Norwegian company Olympic Seafood recently took delivery of a new factory trawler for its krill harvesting operations.

Classed by DNV and built by Cemre Shipyard in Turkey to a Kongsberg Maritime ice-capable design, Olympic Prawn was developed in response to Olympic Seafood’s need for a new vessel that is capable of sustainable ocean harvesting through low energy consumption and reduced emissions. As such, the vessel boasts a hull design that guarantees both low wave resistance and excellent seakeeping as well as deck and processing machinery largely driven by electric motors.

Navigation bridge deck

Olympic Prawn was designed to perform bottom trawling as well as pelagic trawling. It also features a modern factory deck arrangement to handle and freeze krill, shrimp, and whitefish, ensuring the quality of catch during long periods of sailing prior to returning to port.

The vessel has an LOA of 69.91 metres, a moulded beam of 16 metres, a draught of 6.7 metres, and accommodations for up to 29 people including crew and fish factory personnel.

Engine room

Power is provided by one Rolls-Royce Bergen B33:45 L9 main diesel engine producing 5,400 kW at 750 rpm. A selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system has also been fitted to ensure compliance with IMO Tier III regulations. An integrated rudder and propeller system supplied by Promas has both mechanical and diesel-electric drives while a Kongsberg PTO/PTI hybrid shaft generator (HSG) enables both the engine and the propeller to operate at optimum efficiency.

The main engine drives a Kongsberg 3,900mm propeller to allow the vessel to sail at speeds of up to 16 knots. A Kongsberg 590kW controllable-pitch bow thruster has also been installed to aid in manoeuvring and positioning. The thruster is driven by the HSG as well.

Olympic Prawn has two auxiliary engines to provide an added measure of comfort for the crew during operations far from home. These include a 1,900kW Cummins engine and a 596kW unit from Scania.

Fore area of trawl deck

The trawler’s massive size enables it to house a wide range of equipment suitable for low-emission krill harvesting operations in Antarctic waters and other regions.

Kongsberg supplied all of the vessel’s main selection of winches such as permanent magnet (PM) driven wing trawl winches, mid trawl winches, sounding cable/net sounder winches, cod end winches, retriever winches, as well as in-haul and out-haul winches. As backup, the vessel also has auxiliary hydraulically-driven winches from Dimo and PAL.

Upper forecastle deck

For hauling catch onto its spacious deck, the vessel has been fitted with Motus equipment including a starboard midship crane with 16-metre reach, a loading/unloading crane with 10-tonne maximum lifting capacity on the trawl gallow, a three-tonne crane on the forecastle, and two ice trawl davits with safe working loads (SWL) of 60 tonnes each.

Factory area on main deck

Optimar provided nearly all of the processing and freezing equipment in use aboard Olympic Prawn. These include a freezer hold that can accommodate up to 1,400 cubic metres of krill, a packing machine and table, a pallet magazine, numerous chutes, conveyors, and bins, a plastic wrapping machine, and a blast freezer. There are also krill de-heading machines from Baader and Breivik and grader air cabinets from Marel. Baader also supplied a knife sharpening machine along with the other factory equipment.

Factory area on main deck

To ensure the catch remains frozen while in transit, an Oyangen pump circulates ammonia cooled to -30 degrees Celsius throughout the freezer hold, giving the vessel a freezing capacity of up to 100 tonnes a day.

Olympic Prawn was also built to enable its crew to be prepared for emergencies, especially in consideration of the vessel’s area of operations thousands of kilometres from the nearest suitable port. The trawler is thus also equipped with a CO2 suppression firefighting system and two SOLAS-compliant Viking Norsafe 6.25-metre self-righting lifeboats powered by outboard engines and capable of accommodating up to 15 people each.

Lastly, to ensure crew comfort during long periods out at sea, the vessel has been fitted with crew berths including separate one-person cabins for the captain and the chief engineer, a mess with kitchen, a coffee bar, and a gym.

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Olympic Prawn
Type of vessel:Factory trawler
Classification:DNV +1A, Stern Trawler, ICE 1B (HULL: ICE 1A*), E0, TMON, BIS
Owner:Olympic Seafood, Norway
Operator:Olympic Seafood, Norway
Designer:Kongsberg Maritime, Norway
Builder:Cemre Shipyard, Turkey
Hull construction material:Steel
Superstructure construction material:Steel
Deck construction material:Steel
Length overall:69.91 metres
Length bp:62.2 metres
Beam:16 metres
Draught:6.7 metres
Depth:6.15 metres
Capacity:1,400 cubic metres
Main engine:Rolls-Royce Bergen B33:45 L9, 5,400 kW at 750 rpm
Propulsion:Kongsberg 111A1 propeller
Auxiliary engines:Cummins, 1,900 kW; Scania, 596 kW
Generator:Kongsberg hybrid shaft PTO/PTI
Side thruster:Kongsberg controllable-pitch unit, 590kW
Maximum speed:16 knots
Hydraulic equipment:Kongsberg
Winches:2 x Kongsberg wing trawl winches; 2 x Kongsberg mid trawl winches; Kongsberg net sounder winch; 8 x Kongsberg sweep line winches; 3 x Kongsberg Gilson winches; 2 x Kongsberg cod end winches; 2 x Kongsberg out-haul winches; 2 x Kongsberg in-haul winches; 3 x Kongsberg retrieve winchesr; 4 x Dimo auxiliary winches; 2 x PAL winches
Cranes:Motus starboard midship deck crane, three tonnes; 2 x Motus loading/unloading cranes; 2 x Motus ice trawl davits
Fishing equipment:Optimar
Refrigeration/fish processing equipment:Optimar; Baader de-heading machine; Breivik de-heading machine; Oyangen ammonia pump; Marel grader air cabinets
Other equipment installed:Pyro hot water heater; SCR
Firefighting equipment:CO2 suppression system
Lifeboats:2 x Viking Norsafe self-righting, self-propelled 15-pax lifeboats
Type of fuel:Diesel
Accommodation:Crew berths; mess with kitchen; gym; coffee bar

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