Faroese fishing company Framherji has taken delivery of new factory trawler Akraberg, built at Vard.
One of the most advanced factory vessels afloat, the new 84 metre, 16.70 metre breadth Akraberg incorporates a wealth of technology with its advanced catch handling systems for both whitefish and shrimp. This includes live fish tanks to keep fish in peak condition before processing in the 100 tonne/day capacity factory deck.
Akraberg has a 1930 cubic metre refrigerated fishroom, an 830 cubic metre cargo space that can be used for either frozen or chilled catches and 550 cubic metre ensilage tanks for landing biomass that can be processed further ashore.
Built to a Vard 8 03 design, Akraberg is one of the first stern trawlers outfitted with Vard Electro’s SeaQ Energy Storage System. This battery system can be fed with power from the permanent magnet winches, and this is harmonised to function with the SeaQ Power Management System for integration with the hybrid diesel-electric propulsion.
A heat recovery system increases overall efficiency even further, while the propulsion system as a whole is compliant with the stringent DNV-GL Silent F notation.
The deck system is supplied by Seaonics, with four 35-tonne permanent magnet AC trawl winches. There are eight 18-tonne sweepline winches at the head of the full-length trawl deck and a 22-tonne, 300 cubic metre net drum is mounted over the deck. Seaonics also supplied the netsounder, gilson, auxiliary and outhaul winches, as well as the ice gallows.
The new Akraberg replaces an older vessel of the same name that has been part of the Framherji fleet since 2013, an 86 metre freezer trawler built at Flekkefjord in 1994 as Guðbjörg for its original Icelandic owners, subsequently absorbed by Samherji.