An order has been placed with Astilleros Murueta for a fifth trawler for Royal Greenland, according to Pymar, the body representing Spanish shipyards.
This latest in a series of vessels for Royal Greenland began with factory freezer trawler Sisimiut, followed by Nataarnaq and Avataq over the last few years, and Tuugaalik, due for delivery early next year, as the company has replaced its fleet with high-efficiency, low-emissions capacity.
The construction time is estimated at 28 months and this vessel is a Skipsteknisk design with an 82.30 metre overall length and accommodation for a crew of up to 30, and designed to operate in Greenlandic, Labrador and North-East Arctic waters.
The design includes a high level of automation in handling and freezing catches, including taking robotic sorting and palletising catches to a higher level of sophistication than in previous newbuilds.
It will also have a highly-energy efficient propulsion system designed to minimise fuel consumption and emissions. This includes systems to recover energy as efficiently as possible, and LED lighting throughout to contribute to keeping the energy requirement low.
Astilleros de Murueta has obtained financing and guarantees from ICO, Banco Sabadell, EBN, Cesce, and Pymar, and has taken legal advice from Hogan Lovells. Pymar’s participation in the deal has been through the granting of guarantees through the Naval Guarantee Fund, an instrument in which both Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and the Government of the Basque Country participate.