A relaxation in Norwegian regulations allowing a wider choice of fishing methods made it possible for the owners of new longliner Atlantic to include capacity for seine netting in the design of this innovative new fishing vessel that docked in Ålesund a few days ago.
Designed by Skipsteknisk and built in Turkey, Atlantic Longline’s new vessel, Atlantic, has a 64 metre overall length and a 14 metre beam, and is built to an ST-157 design.
Leading edge energy management technology with battery systems to contribute to fuel efficiency and to optimise the vessel’s emissions footprint are a major feature of Atlantic’s design, with energy recovery and optimisation incorporated in key systems on board.
‘We have twenty years of experience of producing high-quality fillets at sea and we intend to continue with this,’ said Kjell-Gunnar Hoddevik, one of Atlantic Longline’s owners, adding the factory deck will also handle raw material that has in the past been waste.
He said that the move towards green operation is being taken very seriously, with a hybrid propulsion system. The decision by the Norwegian authorities to relax regulations on gear types made it possible to design Atlantic as a vessel capable of switching between seine netting and autolining with a 72,000 hook system operating through a moonpool on the vessel’s centreline.
Atlantic’s processing deck has a 70 tonnes/day freezing capacity and production options for both fillets and H&G. The layout incorporates freezing hotels and automatic palletisation, as well as fishroom capacity for 530 tonnes of frozen products on pallets for efficient discharging.
Prior to the new Atlantic’s delivery from its builder in Turkey, the previous Atlantic was sold to Faroese company P/F Esturoy, which has renamed it Jógvan 1.