Vard Holdings Limited said it has secured a new contract for the design and construction of a new stern trawler for HAVFISK AS. The contract value is slightly below NOK 400 million.
The vessel will be the world’s first stern trawler with an integrated energy storage system, consisting of diesel mechanical/diesel electric propulsion and batteries. The energy storage system together with VARD’s SeaQ Power Management System for power optimization in all operations, will ensure low emission of carbon dioxide, NOx and noise.
The system will be used in all operations; allowing fuel savings in trawling, transit and in harbor when offloading.
In addition, the technologically advanced vessel will feature frequency controlled large components, energy-efficient LED lights, and electrical winches, all connected to the SeaQ Power Management System.
Building on the successful collaboration and strong track record in the design, construction and operation of trawlers over the years, VARD and HAVFISK have once again developed a new stern trawler. The new vessel design is intended to further enhance cost-and-production efficiency and promote environmentally friendly operations in the fisheries industry.
The new vessel is of VARD 8 02 design, based on HAVFISK’s stern trawler Nordtind, which was delivered from VARD in January 2018. Nordtind has proven itself as an efficient trawler with a state-of-the-art hull, both for trawling and in transit. With a high focus on quality of catch, safety for crew and sustainable operations, the vessel has the newest and most efficient technology for bringing the catch ashore with minimum environmental footprint. Its high ice class, Silent F compliance, efficient engines and deck equipment, and modern living quarters for the crew, will be incorporated in the new vessel as well.
With a length of 80 meters and a beam of 17 meters, the trawler features an advanced fish factory, two separate cargo holds for refrigerated and frozen fish, and a freezing capacity of 80 tons per 24 hours. The new vessel will be a further development of the recently delivered trawler, featuring improved catch handling with a live fish tank, keeping the fish in healthy condition until processing and storing of catch in low temperature to maintain the premium quality of the fish. Head and guts will be stored in ensilage tanks and delivered ashore, ensuring that all biomass of the catch are utilized.
Roy Reite, CEO and Executive Director of VARD, commented, “VARD and HAVFISK have developed a valuable partnership that is focused on innovation, having constructed four stateof-the-art trawlers in recent years. We have now agreed to build an additional vessel, which will once again take us a step forward, featuring the latest technology and solutions onboard. We look forward to our continued collaboration to develop the new vessel for the HAVFISK fleet.”
Webjørn Barstad, CEO of HAVFISK, said, “We are pleased to once again work with the very competent teams at VARD, and continue to develop high-tech energy efficient fishing vessels. In a time where many Norwegian shipowners go abroad with their shipbuilding projects, I am delighted that we are able to continue to complete our newbuild projects at home.”
The hull will be built at Vard Braila in Romania, while outfitting and completion will be carried out at Vard Søviknes in Norway. Delivery of the vessel is scheduled for Q1 2020.