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Maritime Propulsion

October 5, 2023

Brunvoll Propulsion Solution Chosen for Antarctic Longline Fishing Vessel

Austral Fisheries new longline vessel built by Båtbygg AS. Design and illustration by Marin Teknikk AS.

Båtbygg AS has placed an order with Brunvoll for a complete propulsion and maneuvering solution for Austral Fisheries new longline fishing vessel. 

The vessel is designed by Marin Teknikk AS for operation in the Antarctic Ocean, surrounded by some of the world’s harshest weather conditions.

The new vessel named Austral Odyssey will have a length of 70 meters and a breadth of 14.6 meters.

The propulsion and maneuvering solutions chosen for this vessel consists of a shaft line propeller with a 2-speed gearbox with power take-off (PTO) and power take-in (PTI). The vessel will also feature a tunnel thruster in the aft and retractable combi azimuth thruster in the bow. Brunvoll will also deliver frequency converters and starters.

All the components will be tied together with Brunvoll’s own propulsion and thruster control system, BruCon PTC. This combination will make up a reliable and efficient solution for operating far from land.

Thomas Gjerde, Sales Manager at Marin Teknikk, said the solution was chosen for the operational profile. “The vessel has a very variable operational profile with a lot of transit, fishing operations at low speed, and waiting due to rough weather. The 2-speed gearbox together with the variable speed generator allows for running the controllable pitch propeller at a lower rotational speed with an ideal pitch angle during low-speed operations. This results in a higher propeller efficiency, lower fuel consumption, and reduced emissions. Together with the retractable azimuth combi thruster, it will make a flexible, efficient, and redundant vessel.”

Austral Fisheries owns and operates one of Australia’s largest fleets of fishing vessels. The fleet consists of 18 vessels with different areas of operation and catch from toothfish in the south, to prawns and tropical reef fish in the north. Austral Fisheries took delivery of the fishing vessel MS Cape Arkona from Båtbygg AS in 2020, which also features a complete propulsion and maneuvering solution from Brunvoll.

(Illustration from Brunvoll)