Karstensens Skibsværft in Skagen has announced the order of a new pelagic vessel for owners in Norway to be delivered in February 2019, with the Polish-built hull to be delivered to the yard in mid-2018 for fitting out.
The new vessel is a replacement for Ålseund company Strand Havfiske’s 1999-built purse seiner/pelagic trawler Strand Senior and will carry the same name. The present Strand Senior operates mainly trawling for blue whiting and purse seining for herring and mackerel, and the new vessel is expected to work on the same lines.
Karstensens is clearly the leader in its field today, with the order for Strand Senior bringing the yard’s orderbook for the next three years to a total of thirteen pelagic vessels on order for owners in Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Like the majority of the vessels on order, Strand Senior is the yard’s own design.
The new pelagic vessel’s dimensions are 75 metres LOA with a 15.30 metre beam, with a double 1150kW RSW plant and a double 4200 litre vacuum pump system.
Strand Senior will have a Wärtsilä’s new 4880kW 8V31 main engine and a two-speed gearbox driving a 4200mm propeller, continuing the company’s long relationship with Wärtsilä. The design includes two 567kWe auxiliary engines and 950kW bow and stern thrusters.
The specification is for a vessel with optimised working conditions, as well as for optimisation of the hull and power consumption on board. Strand Senior will have heat recovery from all the engines on board, LED lighting throughout, as well as which the owners opted for a futureproofed winch system, with electric winches and an electric net hauler.
The safety aspect also takes in the cargo deck, which is watertight, increasing safety on board and lifting the freeboard by three metres.
Strand Havfiske is a family-owned company run by sisters Janne-Grethe Strand Aasnæs and Elisabeth Strand. The company also operates freezer trawler Havstrand.