TCD, the technical arm of Urk Fishermen’s Co-operative VCU is building its first trawler, a shrimper for Texel fisherman Erik Kalf, with keel laid in October and the steelwork contracted to neighbouring company De Flux.
The new TX-65 is a 24 metre Herman Jensen design, replacing Erik Kalf’s older trawler Bone Fide which was sold to Tjeerd Visser and which now sails as WL-39.
With VCU on board as the main contractor for the new shrimper, Piet Brouwer Elektrotechniek, De Flux and De Boer Marine are all suppliers.
According to Piet Brouwer Elektrotechniek, which is supplying the company’s standard system for shrimpers and smaller trawlers for the new TX-65, there used to be a flourishing shipbuilding sector on the island.
‘This project is unique in the sense that it involves the first new trawler built entirely on the island for years. The boat will be delivered as a turnkey product to the Kalf family from Texel. The future owner of the trawler has always sailed on boats equipped with a system by Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology and is therefore familiar with our systems and way of working,’ the company said.
Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology is proud to provide this system, not least because it is for a unique new trawler built on Urk. The company has fitted electrical systems on many boats in the past, and a large number of trawlers and fishing companies from Urk in particular have been satisfied customers since our company’s establishment in 1961.’