Canadian company Osprey is building its third factory trawler to a design from Norwegian naval architect Skipsteknisk. The ST-118 design is tailored for activities in areas of sea ice off eastern Canada.
The company’s first Skipsteknisk-designed trawler was the Northern Osprey, delivered in 1992, followed by Northern Eagle in 1996. The new 79.50 metre by 17 metre beam will be named Northern Osprey III and will be fitted out primarily for shrimp, with options for other fisheries incorporated into its design.
‘The vessel is designed on the basis of a “Green Ship” philosophy, and high priority has been given to the reduction of any pollutive discharges and the recovery and recycling of excess energy wherever possible. Further efforts will be made to utilise Green Ship technology during the remaining design process,’ according to Skipsteknisk.
‘For Skipsteknisk AS, this is a very important contract secured in a period where the design companies are suffering due to low activity in the offshore segment. Design of fishing vessels has, however, always been given high priority at Skipsteknisk and it’s the segment today that, together with research vessels, secures the company full capacity utilisation.’
The engineering work for the Northern Osprey III has already started and will continue throughout 2016. A contract for the vessel’s construction has been signed with the Turkish yard Tersan Shipyard. Over recent years, this yard has acquired an excellent reputation for building this type of factory trawler, and has delivered more than ten similar vessels for fishing in the North Atlantic.
Northern Osprey III is scheduled for delivery in August 2017.