Rolls-Royce Supplying ‘Advanced’ Fishing Vessel

By Jack Burke08 June 2018

Rolls-Royce will design and supply the propulsion and auxiliary machinery systems for what has been dubbed one of world’s most advanced fishing vessels.

Scheduled for delivery in 2020 to Prestfjord Seafood, a division of Norway’s Holmøy Maritime, the 77 m trawler will be based on a Rolls-Royce NVC 732 WP design arranged with triple trawl and pelagic trawl for operation in Arctic waters catching whitefish and shrimp. The vessel has been designed to accommodate a 29-person crew. The order comes from Spain’s Astilleros Gondan shipyard.

In addition to the design, Rolls-Royce will supply a hybrid propulsion system based around a Bergen B33:45 main engine driving a Promas propeller/rudder combination. This arrangement was specified to meet the owner’s specific requirements for low fuel consumption, reduced emissions and low noise and vibration.

“We are delighted that Prestfjord Seafood, a long-standing customer of ours, has once again selected a Rolls-Royce design and propulsion package for a newbuild trawler,” said Monrad Hide, Rolls-Royce, Marine VP Sales. “It is Prestfjord’s fourth built to a Rolls-Royce design, the first being Sunderøy, which was delivered in 2004.”

Commenting on the efficiency of the NVC design, Hide said that since many fishing vessels operate in the far north, a minimal environmental footprint is a key factor in selecting the design.

“The NVC series is specifically designed for fuel efficient operations. By introducing wave piercing hull design, a hybrid prime mover and the Promas propulsion system, we have been able to substantially reduce the vessel’s impact on the environment,” Hide said. “The NVC series is designed with a special focus on gentle fish handing and is optimised for bottom and mid-water trawling with mode selections from the bridge. The design provides optimal seakeeping and comfort for the crew.”

In addition to the NVC 372 WP design and diesel/electric propulsion system, Rolls Royce will deliver to the yard an auxiliary engine, a tunnel thruster and a complete deck machinery package, which includes permanent magnet winches. The vessel’s electrical and power plant will comprise a Rolls-Royce Power Electric System and automation systems, and also a battery package.

The new contract follows the successful operational performance of Holmøy, the NVC 370 trawler the Freire Shipyard delivered to Prestfjord in March 2016. When this vessel was delivered, it represented the first installation of the then new Bergen B33:45 engine series.

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