Swedish pelagic pair christened at Skagen
Tor-Ön and Torland alongside in Skagen for the christening ceremony. Image: Karstensens Skibsværft

Swedish pelagic pair christened at Skagen

A modest relaxation in the restrictions for travel and gatherings, and an opening of the border between Sweden and Denmark allowed a modest christening ceremony to take place for the two latest additions to the Swedish pelagic fleet.

Torland and sister vessel Tor–Ön are regular callers in Skagen. Image: Karstensens Skibsværft

Built to the yard’s own design, Tor-Ön and Torland each have a 49.99 metre overall length and a 13.20 metre beam, each with a 1285 cubic metre capacity in eight tanks.

Their fishing routine through the year takes in Baltic sprat, as well as sandeel and sprat in the North Sea, with catches of industrial species landed to FF in Skagen.

The Tor–Ön/Torland pair have been regular callers at Skagen for many years, with their catches of herring and mackerel taken in the Skagerak and North Sea landed mainly to Skagerak Pelagic.
The strict quality requirements for industrial as well as human consumption landings mean that during the design process there was a heavy emphasis on the RSW capacity on board, as well as providing optimum cooling of catches.

Each trawler has a doubled up PTG Frio Nordica 750kW, 650,000 kCal/h RSW system, each with twin 550 cubic metre/hour circulation pumps and an RSW circulation system with Eltorque actuated valves, controlled by a C-Flow control system. Each has a Normex ozone plant and C-Flow also supplied the vacuum systems, each with twin 3000 litre tanks and four 66kW compressors.

As well as looking closely at optimising catch quality, there is a strong focus on optimising working and living conditions on board, as well as achieving the optimal fuel consumption in relation to catch volumes. Accommodation has been carefully arranged and insulated to ensure minimal noise levels, with equipment placed to keep sound levels low, achieving the Danish Maritime Authority’s recommended 55dB in accommodation areas.

Karmøy Winch supplied the deck equipment and fish pump systems for both trawlers. Image: Karstensens Skibsværft

Tor-Ön and Torland each have a complete Wärtsilä propulsion system, with a 2999kW 8L32E2 main engine powering an SCV 85-P56, 750/138 rpm reduction gearbox to turn a 3800mm WCP 4D1000 propeller. The reduction gear is mounted with a clutchable PTO allowing the water-cooled Cummins DSG 99 M1, 2500 kW/3125 kVA shaft generator to be the primary source for the on-board electrical power supply.

In addition, each engine room has a pair of 580kWe Mitsubishi S6R2 gensets. Steering gear is a Rolls-Royce Tenfjord SR662 system, and Rolls-Royce Ulstein supplied the FB-H 3746 flap rudder. The 700kW FU-45-LTC-1550 side thrusters are from Brunvoll.

The virtually identical Tor-Ön and Torland are laid out with a pair of 110 tonne net drums lined up opposite the two stern hatches for deploying and retrieving trawl gear, with a side-by-side trawl lanes, hydraulically operated gates and guides.

Karmøy Winch supplied the complete deck equipment setup for both trawlers, complete with 18-inch fish pumps, hydraulic and fish hose reels, arranged to pump over the port quarter, with a 5t/12m deck crane located on the aft gantry for deploying the pump.

The main winches are a pair of 82 tonne units, plus Karmøy Winch supplied the 51 tonne tail end winch, a pair of 6 tonne mooring winches, a net sounder winch, a pair of anchor winches, and the forward 3t/12.50m deck crane, as well as the complete power systems for the deck hydraulics and the fish pump.