A Platform Support Vessel that was sold more than a year ago to an unnamed buyer has now been delivered to Zamakona Yards in Pasajes. Once it has been converted for its new role, owners Luntos Co Ltd plan to operate the vessel as a crab catcher with capacity to work as a floating processor for pelagic species.
The 76.60 metres, 16 metre beam Rem Star was built in 2009 at Simek to a Rolls-Royce UT755 design. It is powered by a pair of 2600kW Wartsila 8L26 engines and was built with accommodation for up to 41 persons.
It was built for Rem Maritime but became a casualty of the downturn in the oil sector and was laid up for some time near Fosnavåg before the sale took place.
The rebuild at the Pasajes yard is Zamakona’s first such contract with a Russian operator. Alasund Shipbrokers were instrumental in brokering the deal.
The conversion will be carried out by Zamakona and will provide Rem Star with three -30°C refrigerated holds with a combined 1250 cubic metre capacity, three high capacity compressors using ammonia as refrigerant, two 150 cubic metre RSW tanks, a 160-tonne per day factory for pelagic species and another processing area for crab on the upper deck. A complete pot handling system including pot hauler, pot hauler gantry, rope coiler, conveyers, bait cutter and crane will be fitted on the main deck.
A vacuum system will be installed for loading and unloading fish.
On completion, Rem Star will sail for the Russian Far East for its first season’s fishing.