Built for Urk skipper Albert Romkes, Anna UK-24 bears a strong resemblance to the latest generation of twin riggers fishing in the North Sea, but is in fact a new design.
Anna UK-24 isn’t an Ove design, like so much of the North Sea fleet, but instead is a new development from Scheepsbouwkundig Bureau Herman Jansen, the Dutch vessel designer with a long pedigree in designing much of the Dutch beamer fleet over the last forty or so years.
The 27.75 metre by 8 metre breadth Anna has hull lines and a round underwater shape that have been developed from scratch, and there’s going to be plenty of interest in the fuel consumption figures once a decent amount of fishing time has been put in.
Albert Romkes went to the Hoekman Shipbuilding yard in Urk for the new twin-rigger’s construction, using a hull fabricated in Poland, and reports are that Anna has performed well in its first trips at the end of the summer.
The main engine is an 800hp ABC 6DZC powering a 3000mm AMW Marine propeller via a Reintjes reduction gear. Three auxiliary sets – two of then 132 kVa units and one 70kVa – are Mitsubishis powering Leroy Somer generators, with all three delivered by Dieselservice Emmeloord.
Piet Brouwer Elektrotechniek supplied the complete electrical package, starting with the engineering, cable layouts, schematics, regulations and certification. All switchboards and panels are in house build in the company’s own workshop. Piet Brouwer’s technicians completed all the cabling and installation work and finally the commissioning.
For Anna UK-14, Piet Brouwer supplied the overall electrical engineering package including main switchboard and AC and DC distribution panels, as well as a weekend battery package, interior, exterior and navigation lights, plus floodlights. Also included are alarm, tank level measurement and fire detection system, and the wheelhouse window wipers.
There’s no shortage of Danish equipment on board this Dutch vessel, and the winch Nordkøl chillers, including an innovative floor chilling arrangement, AS Scan steering gear and Kynde & Toft hydraulics and winch systems.
VCU in Urk is a key supplier for Anna, having fitted out the catch handling deck with a complete system, including a five-compartment washer with holding pounds above it, providing scope for ten different grades and species to be held. There is also a sorting and gutting belt, and an option for langoustine to be routed to baskets before being held in tanks.
The two Buus flake ice machines are also from supplied and installed by VCU, which also supplied Anna’s comprehensive catch management system. VCU’s safety equipment division provided the liferafts and other safety gear.
The full set of fishing gear, including warps, Thyborøn trawl doors and trawl gear, has been supplied by the VCU net loft in Urk.
The electronics in Anna’s wheelhouse are also locally supplied, with the full package of navigation, fishfinding and communications electronics supplied and installed by De Boer Marine, with a pair of large monitors facing the skipper’s control position with feeds from numerous sources routed to these via multi-monitor control software.