Royal Greenland has established a strong connection with Spanish shipbuilder Astilleros de Murueta, having taken delivery of the latest in a series of new trawlers that began some years ago with Sisimiut.
This latest delivery for Royal Greenland’s partner company Qaleralik, the 82.30-metre LOA, 18-metre beam Tuugaalik follows what has become a proven formula as the company continues an ambitious programme of fleet renewal. An announcement was also made at Royal Greenland’s annual general meeting that a contract has been signed for another trawler in the Skipsteknisk-designed series, for delivery in 2025 to replace Akamalik.
Tuugaalik has a 1550 cubic metre upper refrigerated fish with a 334 pallet capacity, while the 1400 cubic metre lower level fishroom can hold 287 pallets. In addition there is a 200 cubic metre packaging store.
Carsoe has supplied factory decks for the series of trawlers built at Murueta and Tuugaalik’s processing layout is no exception. There is a three-lane factory layout for halibut, cod and shrimp. On the shrimp line the catch is sorted and graded before continuing to the cooking line. Halibut are sorted and processed. J-cut, whole round, headed and tailed. The cod line ensures effective heading and gutting of the catch.
The three processing lines meet at the freezing section, where the processed catch is frozen before proceeding to automatic sorting and palletising in the packing section where frozen blocks and IQF-shrimp are sorted and palletised by species.
The layered wrapping ensures safe storage at sea. Pallets are transferred via elevators to the cargo hold. This is a fully automated Carsoe handling system designed to optimises processes, while also minimising the need for crew to work in the refrigerated fishroom.
With a combined freezing capacity of 80 tonnes per 24 hours, Tuugaalik has two automatic plate freezers, two complete IQF freezing tunnels and four vertical freezers designed to ensure effective and high-capacity freezing. This ensures that the factory vessel can process and freeze rapidly to allow quotas top be fished effectively.
All three types of freezers are designed, produced, and installed by Carsoe.
Tuugaalik has a MAN propulsion system, with a 7200kW 12V32/44CR main engine powering a 4500mm diameter CCP VBS 1180 propeller turning at 127.9 rpm, driven via an ACG 1080 5.86:1 reduction gearbox. MAN also supplied the 3200kWe PTO shaft generator. Auxiliary power is delivered by a pair of 940kWe CAT32 gensets, and a 163kWe CAT7.1 harbour set.
Brunvoll supplied the 750kW FU63LTC1750 bow thruster and 500kW FU63LTC1500 stern thruster.
Tuugaalik is fishing with Vónin Storm trawl doors and Bacalao trawls.
The Seaonics deck equipment layout starts with four 55-tonne PM trawl winches with a Seaonics Scantrol control system, and there is a bank of eight 18-tonne sweepline winches at the head of the full-length trawl deck. The electric deck hardware also includes 16-tonne outhaul winches, 7-tonne auxiliary winches and a 26-tonne net drum mounted over the deck, plus smaller auxiliary, retriever, backstrop and mooring winches, and the anchor windlass.