The owners of Norwegian fishing company Asbjørn Selsbane AS have placed an order with Karstensen for a 39.30 metre combination seine netter/trawler, expected to be delivered in June 2022.
The company is best known for its versatile pelagic/whitefish vessel Asbjørn Selsbane, also a Karstensen build, and has for some years also operated a smaller vessel, Stødig, now to be replaced by the newbuild.
The new Stødig is designed for whitefish and shrimp, as well as having capacity to fish for calanus, with live fish tanks and facilities to land whitefish in tubs and freezing capacity for shrimp and calanus.
The company has been run for several generations by the Hansen family, currently with Andreas Hansen having managed the business for the last thirty years while his son Erlend is now increasingly involved, having completed his skipper’s tickets.
The new 39.90 metre Stødig is designed to have an 11.50 metre beam and the hull is to be built at the Karstensen Shipyard Poland, with completion at the company’s Skagen yard.
Suppliers have yet to be selected, but the expectation is that Stødig will have electric winch systems and energy and propulsion systems designed to minimise emissions and environmental impacts.
The order for Stødig means that the yard now has 14 fishing vessels on its orderbook for delivery over the next two years, according to Kent Damgaard at Karstensens Skibsværft.
‘It’s always a pleasure to welcome customers back,’ he said, adding that the yard delivered Asbjørn Selsbane in 2013.
‘It was the results of the design and build of Asbjørn Selsbane that provided the basis for the yard and customer co-operating on this new project, and bringing together the company’s knowledge, experience and requirements with the yard’s input and design. The new vessel is designed so the two vessels will complement each other as much as possible, and provide optimal utilisation of the company’s quotas.’