The Nodosa shipyard in Marín has contracted to build a new 85 metre trawler for the Orion Fishing Company, a longstanding joint venture between Armadora Pereira in Vigo and Falkland Islands company Argos Group.
This continues the company’s process of fleet renewal, which began with the delivery of Argos Cies, which has been fishing successfully since it was delivered by Nodosa. The new vessel’s design builds on the experience with the series of recent deliveries for the South Atlantic fishery. The design has been completed in-house by the yard’s design team, in close collaboration with Armadora Pereira’s technical department.
The new vessel is expected primarily to fish for squid and other species on Falklands fishing grounds.
At 85 metres, this will be the largest order by this owner from Nodosa, and its design takes into account the owner’s requirements for a high standard of living and working conditions on board, while environmental factors such as eliminating seabird mortality, and energy efficiency are also high on the list of priorities.
Orion’s new trawler will use ammonia as the main refrigerant for the fishroom and freezers on the catch handling deck.
The hull design takes the inverted bow concept a step further than with previous vessels, and this is expected to optimise seakeeping and reduce fuel consumption.
The Nodosa yard expects to deliver the vessel to the Orion Fishing Company in late 2024, ready for it to participate in the fishing season that opens in early 2025.