VESSEL REVIEW | Suzanga – French fisherman opts for Turkish-built, long-range trawler

Photo: Nova Shipyard
Photo: Nova Shipyard

Seasoned French fisherman Raphael Chayla recently welcomed the newest addition to his fleet of boats that operate out of Granville in the Normandy region.

Built by Nova Shipyard of Turkey to a design developed by French naval architects Mer Et Design in compliance to Bureau Veritas class rules, the all-steel Suzanga is optimised for fishing trips of not more than 24 hours in duration, particularly in the English Channel off Normandy, where Mr Chayla's fleet has been operating regularly for over 13 years.

Although Suzanga is intended primarily to carry out stern trawling, the newbuild is also capable of performing different fishing methods depending on the time of year or the targeted species. Other pieces of fishing equipment, such as dredges that are to be used for gathering scallops and other shellfish from the seabed, have therefore been installed to complement the vessel's suite of three trawl winches and three net drums.

The newest addition to Mr Chayla's fishing fleet has an LOA of 12.02 metres, a beam of 5.8 metres, a draught of 1.3 metres, a displacement of 60 tonnes at full load, and a total fish hold capacity of 10 cubic metres. One diesel engine with a rated output of 335 kW drives a fixed-pitch propeller via a Masson Marine W1950 gearbox to enable the vessel to reach a maximum speed of 10 knots as well as generate a bollard pull of five tonnes. Two 3,000-litre fuel tanks help guarantee extended range, hence allowing the vessel to sail for up to 1,000 nautical miles in between refuelings for as long as a cruising speed of 8.8 knots is maintained.

<em>Photo: BTMCo</em>
Photo: BTMCo

For close quarters manoeuvring, the trawler relies on a Side Power SH320 side thruster to augment the steering system supplied by Data Hidrolik.

The vessel also boasts a comprehensive array of navigation and communication electronics with radar, VHF radios, and GPS supplied by Furuno, an autopilot and compass from Simrad, a Humminbird Helix sonar, a Fusion Entertainment marine audio setup, a Marinelec Technologies alarm and monitoring system, a vessel monitoring system, a bridge navigation watch alarm system, and an infrared bullet camera. All these systems draw electrical power from a quartet of 210Ah service batteries provided by Varta.

The vessel's crew of four are comfortably housed in accommodations that include a one-person cabin for the skipper and a pair of two-berth cabins for the remaining personnel. The floors in the interior spaces are made of IMO-compliant, wear- and slip-resistant material supplied by Gerflor while Jotun paint was used on the exterior surfaces. Should an emergency make evacuation of the trawler necessary, two liferafts capable of accommodating up to six people each are available on board as well.

Suzanga was handed over to Mr Chayla in January of this year following a delivery voyage from Turkey. The vessel has since been put to use by its new owner in the waters of the English Channel to fish for whelk, sand eel, sea bream, red mullet, mussels, and scallops among others.

Type of vessel:Trawler
Classification:Bureau Veritas
Owner:Raphael Chayla, France
Designer:Mer et Design, France
CAD software:Rhino; AutoCAD
Builder:Nova Shipyard, Turkey
Hull construction material:Steel; stainless steel
Superstructure construction material:Steel
Deck construction material:Stainless steel
Length overall:12.02 metres
Length waterline:11.92 metres
Length bp:11.81 metres
Beam:5.8 metres
Draught:1.3 metres
Depth:2.15 metres
Displacement:60 tonnes
Capacity:10 cubic metres
Main engine:Baudouin 6M26.2, 335 kW
Gearbox:Masson Marine W1950
Propulsion:Fixed-pitch propeller
Side thruster:Side Power SH320
Steering system:Data Hidrolik DS290S
Maximum speed:10 knots
Cruising speed:8.8 knots
Range:1,000 nautical miles
Bollard pull:5.0 tonnes
Batteries:4x Varta, each 210 Ah
Hydraulic equipment:Eaton 760 hydraulic pump
Electronics supplied by:Navigelec
Radar:Furuno M1835
Radios:2x Furuno FM4800 VHF
Sonar:Humminbird Helix 10
Autopilot:Simrad A2004
Compass:Simrad Precision-9
GPS:Furuno GP39; Furuno GP170
Audio/video system:Fusion Entertainment MS-RA70
Alarm/monitoring systems:Marinelec Technologies MACC; vessel monitoring system; bridge navigational watch alarm system
Cameras/night vision:IR camera
Winches:3 x trawl winches
Fishing equipment:Dredges
Windows:10 x windows; 4 x side scuttles
Interior lighting:Stein; Jessica
External lighting/searchlights:7 x floodlights
Floor/deck surface finishes:Gerflor
Interior designer:Nova Shipyard
Interior fitout/furnishings:Fish hold
Liferafts:2 x 6-pax
Type of fuel:Diesel
Fuel capacity:6,000 litres
Fuel consumption:53.8 litres/hour
Freshwater capacity:530 litres
Accommodation:Captain's cabin; 2 x double cabins

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