Wärtsilä propulsion for new Scottish fishing vessel

07 Jul 2015
The new fishing vessel will feature an integrated Wärtsilä propulsion solution

The new fishing vessel will feature an integrated Wärtsilä propulsion solution

A new fishing vessel being built by Simek AS in Norway will feature an integrated Wärtsilä propulsion solution including main engine, controllable pitch propeller and gearbox.

The Wärtsilä 2-speed gearbox, PTO/PTI, and floating frequency solution will provide the vessel with high levels of operational efficiency and flexibility in different operating modes.

In addition the vessel, which is being built for the UK operator Antares (Whalsay) Fishing Company Ltd, will be powered by a 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 main engine, and will operate in the fishing fields around the Shetland Islands in the north of Scotland. The Wärtsilä machinery will be delivered in spring 2016, and the vessel is scheduled to be handed over to the owners in December 2016.

Aaron Bresnahan, vice president, sales, Wärtsilä Ship Power, said: “Wärtsilä has a strong position in the fishing vessel market, and we are pleased that we have once again been selected to provide the propulsion machinery needed to attain optimal efficiency for this modern vessel.”

Laurence Irvine (Skipper) and George Williamson (Chief Engineer), UK operator Antares (Whalsay) Fishing Company Ltd, added: “We needed to replace an existing vessel with a new more efficient design. It is very important that the ship is capable of reliable and efficient transit to and from the port and flexible trawling operations. We have experience with Wärtsilä machinery and are confident that it will fulfil all the needed operational requirements for the owners.”

The 75.4m long vessel has been designed by Skipsteknisk AS, Norway.

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