New factory trawler for Faroese fleet
Faroese company Akraberg’s new trawler will be built at Vard. Image Vard

New factory trawler for Faroese fleet

Scheduled to be delivered in 2022, a new trawler for Faroese fishing company P/F Akraberg has been ordered from Vard in Norway in a contract worth over NoK500 million.

The new 84 metre trawler will be built at Vard Braila in Romania and completed in Norway at the company’s Brattvaag yard. The VARD 8 03 design is a development of the yard’s 8 02 design, of which several have been delivered recently to Norwegian operators.

‘We are really looking forward to building our new flagship at Vard,’ said Anfinn Olsen, CEO of Akraberg’s parent company Framherji.

‘It has been a pleasure for us to be involved in the whole design phase, and we have integrated our ideas and requirements in the project. Over generations, it has been strong relationships between The Faroe Islands and Norway, and we are excited to be a part of that story in the future.’

The 84 metre LOA, 16.70 metre breadth vessel is designed for triple-rig trawling and to have accommodation for a crew of up to 25 in single cabins.

The catch handling layout includes live fish tanks to keep fish in peak condition prior to processing and freezing in a sophisticated factory deck. The new trawler will have 2000 cubic metres of refrigerated fishroom capacity on two deck levels, as well as 550 cubic metres of ensilage tank capacity for factory waste, ensuring full utilisation of catches.

Akraberg’s new trawler is designed to have a hybrid propulsion system combining diesel-mechanical and diesel-electric propulsion, including batteries. Overall fuel oil capacity is approximately 950 cubic metres.

A fully integrated SeaQ Energy Storage System and SeaQ Power Management System delivered by Vard Electro, for optimal power and fuel economy are part of the package. The frequency drives for the electrical winches are driven directly from the SeaQ Micro Grid, increasing efficiency and enabling storage of regenerated power from winches to the SeaQ Energy Storage System.

In the wheelhouse, the vessel will be equipped with Vard’s flexible SeaQ Bridge, which enables each officer of the watch to choose a preferred setup on all screens.