The new Spes Nova UK-205 completed its first sea trials last week at the Maaskant yard in Stellendam, ahead of delivery to Urk fishing company Ekofish later this month.
Both the Spes Nova UK-205 and a second trawler, Turma Nova, are advanced 30 metre twin-rig trawler/seine netters with sophisticated energy systems designed to minimise running costs and to keep emissions to a minimum.
Louwe de Boer at Ekofish went to Scanmar for the gear monitoring technology for both vessels, and Scanmar’s Stellan Kjemperud confirmed that they delivered the hull-mounted hardware well ahead of the launch, and have now dispatched the rest of the equipment.
‘They have gone for flow sensors, catch sensors and sensors for the doors and clump,’ he said.
‘We have delivered the whole set, as well as the hydrophones for Turma Nova, which will also be getting a TrawlEye.’
Stellan Kjempered added that the Ekofish fleet had used a mixture of Scanmar and other sensors in the past on its older vessels, but have now decided to standardise with Scanmar gear across the fleet.
‘It makes sense to have the same equipment as it means that it’s easier to compare the gear on each trawler, making it possible to get an accurate comparison of spread and performance,’ he said.
‘They also have the Scanbas 365 in the wheelhouse, which is the latest bridge equipment released this year with a new receiver and signal processing, plus it comes with remote access support and automated updates.’