Falkland Islands trawler New Polar is back at sea after a major refit, without losing fishing time – despite being lengthened by 14.40 metres.
The lengthening was carried out at the Nodosa yard in Marín, which had preapared carefully for this job, aware that the two-month time frame would have to be kept to for New Polar to back at sea in time for the next season in Falklands waters.
The work was carried out on time, with New Polar cut in two on the yard’s slipway and pulled apart, for the new 14.40 metre section that had been prefabricated at the yard to be slotted into place.
In addition to lengthening which increases New Polar’s fishroom size, the entire refrigeration system on board was replaced with an upgrade to an NH3 system, increasing freezing capacity.
Further work carried out during the refit included upgrading accommodation and deck systems, as well as ventilation, electrics and the deck cranes.
The yard and owners are delighted that New Polar was back in the water and undergoing sea trials on time, and was able to sail for the South Atlantic to resume fishing without losing any of its fishing days.
New Polar’s refit and lengthening were completed as a turnkey project with the Nodosa yard as the main contractor.
A representative for the yard commented that the timely completion of the project is due to meticulous preparation well in advance and close co-operation between the shipyard, the owner, the classification society, suppliers and official bodies.