St Guénolé fishing company La Houle is about to take delivery of an addition to its fleet with the former Norwegian twin-rigger Tempo, currently being refitted and renamed Sister Clare.
The company has recently taken four vessels out of service under the French government’s decommissioning initiative, and in recent years has made a number of acquisitions to modernise its fleet, with newbuild Danny Finn in 2021 and the acquisition of the 2019-built Astrid earlier this year.
The former Tempo was built, like Danny Finn and Astrid, by Vestværft in Denmark. Launched for Norwegian owners in 2014, the 27.57-metre Sister Clare has a beam of 8.40 metres, a 3508C Caterpillar main engine, a pair of Cummins gensets and the deck is outfitted with three trawl winches supplied by marine engineerng company Thyborøn Skibs & Motor – which has also been entrusted with the current refit.
Sister Clare is currently in Thyborøn, being refitted to its new owners’ requirements, including the installation of freezing tunnels for langoustine.
Although the trawler will be operated as part of the La Houle fleet, its ownership is in the hands of partner company Cavoneso Marine, which has put a substantial investment into modernising the trawler.