Largest order to date for Skagen yard
The new Christian í Grótinum will be delivered in early 2022. Image: Karstensens Skibsværft

Largest order to date for Skagen yard

Faroese fishing company Christian í Grótinum has placed an order for a new pelagic vessel with the Karstensen yard in Skagen. The 89.35 metre purser/trawler promises to be the most sophisticated vessel of its kind anywhere in the world when it is delivered in January 2022.

The newbuild will replace the current Christian í Grótinum, the former Norwegian pelagic vessel Kvannøy, which is to be sold, and while the owners have been leaders in pelagic processing and freezing at sea, the new vessel represents a change of direction with a return to landing fresh catches in RSW.

Kristian Martin Rasmussen and Knud Karstensen sign the contracts for the new Christian í Grótinum. Image: North Pelagic

It will be built at the Karstensen yard in Poland before being brought to Skagen for outfitting, and Christian í Grótinum is the yard’s own design, developed around careful calculations based on the company’s operating profile. The owners’ stated aim is to operate as sustainably as possible, with minimal emissions per kilo of landed fish.

The result is a carefully considered design with a combination of new thinking and proven arrangements to deliver a highly efficient vessel, equipped with electric winches and fish pump systems.

At DKK300 million, this is the most valuable order to be placed at Karstensens for a fishing vessel.

’Karstensens is delighted with the loyalty and trust shown in us by Kristian Martin Rasmussen and his sons Jón, Eyðun and Bogi,’ the yard’s Kent Damgaard said.

‘It’s a pleasure for the yard to get to work with such a forward-thinking and innovative fishing company, which has for many years been one of the clear leaders in the Faroe Islands and the North Atlantic region.’

The Ramussen family has welcomed the opportunity to build a new ship in close co-operation with Karstensens Skibsværft, and looks forward to making a start on the construction. The company’s focus is on blue whiting, herring and mackerel, and the new vessel will operated on this basis with Bogi Rasmussen continuing as skipper of the new Christian í Grótinum.

The new Christian í Grótinum will have an 89.35 metre overall length and a moulded breadth of 18 metres with a triple 1100kW + 80kW RSW system and a triple 66kW/3200 litre tank vacuum system. Winches will be an electric system and the new pelagic vessel will have a 1479kW Brunvoll submersible combi-thruster and 1400kW side thruster.

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