When Whalsay pelagic vessel Serene called at the Karstensen yard in Skagen for its annual drydocking and maintenance, it sailed for home with some new doors on board.
These are among the first pairs of Thyborøn Trawldoors remote control systems to be installed. This is a system that has been under development for some time, with a number of prototype and manually controllable systems that have already been tested successfully – and there are plenty of skippers who have been waiting for fully controllable trawl doors to become a reality.
In co-operation with Seamech, the Thyborøn team mounted the new acoustic hydrophones alongside Serene’s existing system, and the software for the controllable pelagic doors was incorporated into the wheelhouse systems.
A short sea trial was successfully conducted outside Skagen, and Serene subsequently sailed for Shetland with the new doors in the gallows and ready to use, as well as carrying a second set of doors for Antares that have been prepared for Thyborøn’s controllable system.