The Altaire Fishing Company has ordered a new pelagic vessel to be built by Karstsensens Skibsværft, with the hull due to be delivered to the yard in Skagen on late 2022 and completion scheduled for May 2023.
Intended to operate on the same pattern as the current Altaire in the pelagic trawl sector, the design focuses on crew wellbeing, catch quality and low emissions. The 79.95 metre, 16.60 metre beam Altaire will have a Wärtsilä 12V31 main engine driving a two-speed gearbox and a 4200mm propeller.
Wärtsilä will also supply the two auxiliary engines. Thruster are to come from Brunvoll and the deck equipment package will be delivered by Karmøy Winch.
Suppliers for the 2 x 1400kW RSW system and the 2 x 4200 litre vacuum system have yet to be announced.
‘Karstensen Shipyard is extremely proud of this new order, which continues long standing working relations with Altaire’s owners. Present and previous vessels carrying the Altaire name have been regular customers at Karstensens for maintenance and repair works for many years,’ said the yard’s Kent Damgaard.
’Returning and loyal customers is the best stamp any shipyard can get,’ he added.
To be built to the yard’s own design finalised in co-operation with the owners, catch quality has been a key factor in the design process, with hygiene and quality in the spotlight, enabling Altaire to land first class quality pelagic fish.
Owned by a partnership that includes Plymouth fishing company Interfish, Altaire will operate from its home port of Collafirth in Shetland.