Investing in a new fly-shooter/twin-rigger in the face of Brexit and an uncertain quota situation could be seen as a brave move. But it takes more that that to dent Martin Kynde’s determination to succeed.
The Vestværft-designed Tove Kynde has a 23.95 metre, 7.40 metre beam, and replaces an older vessel for the partnership of 26-year old Martin Kynde and established fisherman Tamme Bolt, who is spending the first couple of trip on board on the newbuild before returning to Aaltje Postma to head north for hake in the Norwegian and UK zones of the North Sea, leaving Martin to take over as Tove Kynde’s regular skipper.
They landed a first trip of 4000kg of mixed roundfish and flatfish to the Hirtshals auction, and both had smiles on their faces, having completed a successful first trip.
‘It’s running well and everything works the way it should,’ was the verdict.
Starting off twin-rigging, the plan is to move east to the Baltic for the boat’s quota of flatfish and cod on that side, before switching to fly-shooting as the main fishing method in the North Sea for the rest of the year.
‘Everything is easier and is done in half the time it took on the old wooden boat,’ Martin Kynde said, still smiling in spite of a poorer second week’s fishing due to strong tides and heavy weather.
‘The fishing will improve, we’ve seen it all before, and take it as it comes,’ he said.
Tove Kynde’s hull was built at the Nauta Shipyard and brought to Thyborøn for fitting out by Kynde & Toft, who acted as the main contractor, also supplying the hydraulic package with two fly-shooting winches with capacity for 4000 metres of 44m rope supplied by VCU, a mid-wire winch with capacity for 1000 metres of 22mm warp, two net drums and associated winches. The winch control system for fly-shooting and trawling is a Scantrol iSYM set.
Other deck equipment includes a TMP discharging crane. Hundested supplied the 90hp FT3 hydraulic bow thruster.
The main engine is a 970kW Cummins QSK38, driving a Hundested CPGD120 gearbox and a 2300mm diameter controllable pitch Hundested propeller inside a nozzle. The two QSB7 generator sets are also from Cummins. AS:Scan supplied the MT1600 steering gear.
The complete electrical installation on board is installed by T&W Elektronik in Thyborøn. Vest-El supplied the wheelhouse electronics, including the Furuno radars and sonars, as well as the MaxSea plotters and a WASSP multibeam sonar.
Nordkøl Hanstholm delivered the chillers for the 160 cubic metre fishroom and the Buus 4500kg/day flake ice maker.
Virtually all of the suppliers involved in completing Tove Kynde are local to the Thyborøn region, but a notable exception is Dutch company VCU, which supplied the catch handling system similar to the installation a few years ago on board Aaltje Postma, which carries catches to the sorting and gutting area, after which fish pass through the six-compartment rotary washer, with six channels for fish to the fishroom for weighing and boxing.
Nordsøtrawl delivered sets or twin rig trawl gear for the North Sea and the Baltic, as well as fly-shooting gear.