The Jobi Værft yard in Jutland has looked after five different boats over the years for Strandby fisherman Ejner Klitlund, so when he and his son Rasmus were looking at building a new vessel, they naturally went to the Jobi yard.
Emilie FN-267 was christened in Strandby with the real-life Emilie swinging the champagne bottle to send the new industrial trawler into the future.
Ejner Klitlund has been fishing with his own boats since 1992 and with a generational shift taking place in the family’s business with Rasmus taking over at the end of 2018, they decided to explore the options for building a new trawler. During the design process they wanted to concentrate on safety, efficiency and optimised fuel economy, as well as comfort on board. Also on the wishlist was to pump fish aboard instead of bagging, which saving time both at sea and when discharging at the end of each trip.
Ove Kristensen at Vestværft completed the design for the 23.70 metre trawler, the hull construction was contracted to a Polish yard and Jobi Værft’s Jesper Faurholt Jensen agreed to handle the completion of the new Emilie at the yard in Strandby. This makes the new Emilie the first newbuilt industrial vessel form the yard for more than 25 years.
According to Jesper Faurholt Jensen, fishing is central to Strandby, the key to the town’s economic existence – which makes the christening of a new trawler a major event.
‘It’s a pleasure to work with such an experienced fisherman who knows exactly what he wants and how it all goes together. Together with many local suppliers, it has been a pleasure to be part of the whole process, especially for us, who have supervised the project. We have had a great deal of co-operation during construction and are proud of a great result,’ he said.
Emilie is designed and built for industrial fishing in the Skagerrak, Kattegat and the North Sea, but if circumstances were to change, it would be no great problem to convert to whitefish.
Emilie has a Cummins main engine delivered by Strandby supplier Hans Østergaard, complete with gearbox, nozzle and propeller. The entire hydraulic package has been delivered by AS Scan in Hvide Sande, including winches and the trawl computer, as well as the fish pump system and the steering gear.
The main engine is a 750hp Cummins QSK19-M driving a Mekanord gearbox with a 9.14:1 reduction and a four-bladed Korsør 2200mm propeller inside a nozzle. Gensets are a pair of Cummins 6BT5.9-DM coupled to Stamford UCM274E1 generators
The hydraulic package supplied by AS Scan starts with three 12 tonne trawl winches with capacity for 600 fathoms of 16mm warp and a trawl computer with a 15-inch touchscreen control panel, plus a pair of double net drums and a variety of smaller winches. The crane is a TMP500L with remote control.
AS Scan also supplied the 12-inch fish pump and the reels for the fish hose and hydraulic hoses.
Emilie’s electronics were fitted by Scanel and include a Furuno GPS, satellite compass and FAR-2117 radar. The autopilot is a Simrad AP-70 and the chartplotters are a MazSea TZ system and a Sodena set. The fish finders are a Simrad SX93 sonar and a Furuno FCV-1900 echo sounder, and Emilie has a full set of Marport fishing gear monitoring sensors.