X15-powered lobster fleet
Steve Corkum set up Bayview Marine to build his own boats when no yard could supply the 15 crabbers he was looking for. Image: Cummins Eastern Canada

X15-powered lobster fleet

When Steve Corkum Jr. of Yarmouth Sea Products in Nova Scotia couldn’t find a yard prepared to build 15 lobster boats in a single order, he started his own shipyard. Bayview Marine recently launched the first in the 15-boat series and is pleased with the boat’s initial performance. 

The Bayview Marine boats are built for capacity rather than speed. Image: Cummins Eastern Canada

The 413.10 metres by 9.10 metre hull is designed to provide maximum working space and stowage for lobster or crab traps, and the first of the series of fibreglass vessels performed well on trials.

Propulsion power is provided by a six-cylinder Cummins X15 diesel rated for 500hp at 1800rpm. This EPA Tier 3 compliant engine turns a four-blade, 54-inch diameter ZF propeller, with a 50-inch pitch, through a ZFW350 gear with 4.962:1 reduction.

The Yarmouth Sea Products boats are the first commercial fishing application of this engine.

These are the first commercial applications of the Cummins X15 engine. Image: Cummins Eastern Canada

The recently introduced marine version of the Cummins X15 will offer variable speed and fixed speed ratings between 450hp (336 kW) and 600hp (447 kW), while meeting US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 3 and International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier II emissions standards.

These Yarmouth Sea Products boats will also have an upgraded Sea-Pro Filter system to allow extended fuel service maintenance. As well as a first of its kind F.l.T. Telematcis filtration monitoring System from Cummins Filtration that allows the owner, crew and Cummins to monitor all the filters on the engine at all times via satellite link-up to phone apps.

Designed for speeds of ten knots, these are big beamy boats built for capacity more than speed. They have space for up to six crew members, 400 lobster or crab traps and tank capacity for 4400 litres of fuel.
Deck equipment is a Davco 1.36-tonne deck crane with lobster trap hauler.