New Zealand company Aurora Fisheries has opted for what has become a go-to combination for factory freezer trawlers, a Skipsteknisk design and a Tersan build.
Part of the Solander Group, Aurora Fisheries has placed an order for an 80-metre, 15.40-metre breadth factory vessel to be built to an ST-116XL design.
This will be the Tersan yard’s newbuild number 1124, with a scheduled delivery date in the fourth quarter of 2025.
Built to replace the company’s existing trawler, the newbuild is expected to operate in waters around New Zealand, outfitted with systems enablingmaximum energy efficiency, with processing capability for a variety of species and 2135 cubic metres of palletised refrigerated fishroom capacity. Accommodation on board will be for a crew of 50.
Aurora Fisheries aims to target a range of species managed through New Zealand’s quota management system. With just one vessel, the Solander Group is the smallest player in the New Zealand deepwater fishery, but has its own quota and accesses more through relationships with other companies.
This is a first for Tersan – the first time the yard has built for a New Zealand company, while Skipsteknisk has designed factory trawlers Rehua, built in 1997 and Tokatu, built in 2018 for companies in New Zealand, as well as research vessel Tangaroa, built in 1991, and new research vessel Kaharoa II, currently under construction in Spain.