Larsnes Mek Verksted has contracted to build a unique vessel capable of operating as a fishing vessel for whitefish as well as a fish carrier for the aquaculture sector.
The 50.30 metre, 11 metre beam newbuild has been designed by Seacon for Vesterålen company Kystdrift. The SC-51 design allows it to operate as a seine netter for whitefish during the winter season, while also having capacity to serve as a carrier for aquaculture producers with an Optimar handling deck to slaughter salmon and trout for delivery to processors. The automated handling line will have a 70 tonne/hour throughput capacity.
RSW capacity on board is planned to be 499 cubic metres.
Kystfisk’s environmentally-aware owners are have placed a great deal of emphasis on low energy consumption, through the refined hull design and the choice of systems on board. The new vessel’s operating pattern is suited to battery operation, so the intention is to include a battery pack, reducing conventional fuel consumption and emissions.
In addition to the optimised hull, the design includes a propeller inside a nozzle, a two-step reduction gear, a variable speed generator, and a fallback ‘take me home’ option, as well as the 1.5mWh battery pack.
Larsnes Mek Verksted has conformed that this is an order worth around NoK 1.10 billion, and will guarantee full activity at the yard throughout 2024.
‘This is the first newbuild that Larsnes Mek Verksted and Seacon will have worked on together. We are very pleased to secure the construction of yet another new vessel for Norwegian shipowners at a Norwegian shipyard,’ a yard representative said.
‘Based on our experience, we know that when the equipment is made in Norway, and by using Norwegian suppliers, it amounts to between 70-80% of the vessel’s total value, and that this also leads to further innovative and technological development, which in turn strengthens competences within the Norwegian maritime cluster.’