Rolls-Royce rolls out design for new stern shrimp trawler

Published on
September 3, 2015

Norwegian shipbuilder VARD Group AS has received a new order for a shrimp stern trawler to be designed and outfitted by none other than Rolls-Royce, a known British manufacturer of luxury vehicles.

Contracted by a Canadian company, the vessel will adhere to the Rolls-Royce NVC 374 design and measure to about 80 meters in length. The trawler will feature an ICE 1A* ice class hull as well as a B33:45 main engine, Promas propulsion and a power electric system with a hybrid shaft generator (HSG).

The vessel will also come equipped with fishing winches driven by permanent magnet (PM) engines, a Rolls-Royce technology never before included in a commercial sale until now. The PM innovation will serve the trawler well when operating in harsh conditions, and works to “combine a need for sensitive control and rapid changes in pull and speed,” according to Rolls-Royce.

All-in-all, the buyers will owe more than EUR 6 million (USD 6.7 million) for the state-of-the-art ship, as the contract stipulates.

A variety of factors influenced and enhanced the design of the trawler, including its operational efficiency in ice, low emissions, propensity for crew comfort, safety and excellent seakeeping capabilities.

“Our ship design capability and advanced equipment help build the most effective and modern fishing vessels in the world,” said Monrad Hide, VP Sales & Contract for Fish and Special Purpose Vessels for Rolls-Royce. “Decades of world-class research, development and industry knowledge combined with close cooperation with our customers allow us to help them maximize the efficiency of their fishing operations.”

“We’re delighted to once again be working with Vard on the construction of a sophisticated and highly capable vessel, and to also secure another contract for our new B33:45 engine which is gaining popularity across a range of vessels sine we launched it last year,” Hide added.

The vessel houses what Rolls-Royce calls “an onboard factory for the production of a variety of shrimps,” and an expansive storage system with the capacity of 2,100m3 on specialized decks for palletized cargo. Two packaging holds on two decks are also present in the ship’s design.

VARD’s Aukra yard is slated to receive the vessel in Norway by December 2016.

Rolls-Royce has been busy in the trawler-designing sector as of late – the company also holds a EUR 11 million (USD 12.3 million) contract to help produce two fishing stern trawlers in partnership with shipbuilder Kleven in Norway for German company DFFU, which is owned by Iceland seafood company Samherji. The two trawlers are expected to delivered from Kleven’s Myklebust Verft in Norway in February and June 2017.

Remarked Torstein Mar Baldvinson, CEO, Samherji Group, when signing the contract with Kleven: “Our aim is sustainable fishing and these two new vessels mark an important next step in our company’s development. A huge improvement in the working and living conditions for our crew is a main objective for making this commitment. As well as fulfilling significant environmental criteria, we are confident that these vessels – designed and built in Norway – will take the company and its employees into a positive future development.”

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