Hydroniq Coolers have been contracted to deliver the marine seawater cooling system to a trawler the Vard group is building for P/F Akraberg, a subsidiary of Faroese fishing company Framherji.
‘This is actually the first time we are delivering our technology to a shipowner in the Faroe Islands. We are hopeful that this could open up new doors for us,’ said Arnt Ove Austnes, sales manager at Hydroniq Coolers.
Hydroniq Coolers will supply its Rack seawater cooling system to the new trawler. This type of marine cooling system is integrated in the hull beneath the main engine room, where it reduces temperatures in the ship’s engines and other auxiliary systems through use of seawater – but without taking up valuable engine room space. In addition, the Rack system does not require dry-docking for maintenance and cleaning as it can be extracted from under the engine room, even while at sea.
Hydroniq Coolers will manufacture and assemble the equipment at its headquarters near Ålesund, and deliver it to Vard Brattvaag.
The new trawler for Akraberg is a VARD 8 03 design, which is a further development of VARD 8 02. The vessel will be arranged for triple trawling and have a length of 84 metres and a beam of 16.7 metres. It will be equipped with a hybrid propulsion system combining both diesel-mechanical and diesel-electric propulsion, including batteries. Delivery is scheduled from Vard Brattvaag in Norway in the second quarter of 2022.
‘Our energy-efficient Rack seawater cooler helps keep fuel consumption and associated emissions as low as possible. Hence, it has the right profile for a trawler that is designed to ensure full utilisation of the biomass from each catch and bring the catch ashore with minimal environmental footprint,’ Arnt Ove Austnes said.