Fishing vessel hat-trick for Kleven

Two stern trawlers for DFFU will be built by Kleven to Rolls-Royce's NVC 374 design
Two stern trawlers for DFFU will be built by Kleven to Rolls-Royce's NVC 374 design
The new live fish carrier will be the first from Kleven, and the third for Sølvtrans of Rolls-Royce design
The new live fish carrier will be the first from Kleven, and the third for Sølvtrans of Rolls-Royce design

Norwegian yard Kleven has secured three fishing vessels orders from two owners in the space of a week, with two trawlers for Deutsche Fischfang-Union (DFFU) and a live fish carrier for Sølvtrans all to be built to Rolls-Royce designs.

Two stern trawlers for DFFU, a subsidiary of Icelandic seafood company Samherji, will be built to Rolls-Royce’ NVC 374 WP design and will be delivered from Kleven’s Myklebust Verft in February and June 2017. The company will also build its first live fish carrier for Norwegian ship owner Sølvtrans (with an option for another vessel) to Rolls-Royce’s NVC 387 design, for delivery from Myklebust Verft in the first quarter of 2017.

Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven said: “Fishing vessels were the starting point for our 100-year history as shipbuilders. With contracts for three new vessels in just a few days we have secured continuity for our employees at Myklebust Verft in a market that is extremely tough at the moment.”

The 80m long DFFU trawlers will be powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest B33:45 engine and will be among the first fishing vessels to feature a new wave piercing bow design. The vessels, with hulls of ICE 1A* class, will also be equipped with a wide range of Rolls-Royce equipment, including thrusters, automation and winches.

Kleven previously delivered the trawler Vilhelm Thorsteinson to Samherji Group in 200. Torstein Mar Baldvinson, CEO of Samherji Group said: “Our aim is sustainable fishing, and these two new vessels mark an important next step in our company’s development. A huge improvement in the working and living conditions for our crew is a main objective for making this commitment.”

The live fish carrier for Sølvtrans will also have an loa of 80m, and will have a load capacity of 3,200m3. It will be able to carry approximately 500 tonnes of live fish across three temperature-controlled tanks. In addition to ship design and engineering the delivery from Rolls-Royce comprises propulsion systems, rudder and steering gear, power electric systems, automation systems, deck machinery and an advanced propulsion control system.

The vessel joins two others in the Sølvtrans fleet produced to the same design in Spain. Monrad Hide, vice president sales Europe at Rolls-Royce said: “Sølvtrans requires vessels with the highest level of technology, redundancy and environmental solutions. We are proud to be chosen again to develop their fleet renewal. Our innovative ship design ensures cost effective operations and fuel efficiency as well as low emissions to air and sea.”

The new vessel also features around NOK 70 million (US$8.97 million) worth of equipment from Havyard Group fish handling and refrigeration business Havyard MMC. Havyard MMC will provide the vacuum system, circulation system, water treatment, RSW systems, washing plants, grader, fish counter, loading and unloading system, sliding bulkhead, monitoring and automation. The ballast water management system will be delivered from MMC Green Technology.

Leif Gjelseth, founder of Havyard MMC, said: “The value for the customer is the price he gets, and this depends on the quality of the fish when he delivers it. We are developing technology to load, handle, cool and unload live and dead fish in an optimal way. We are pleased that Sølvtrans and Kleven have chosen us for this project and look forward to working with them and Rolls-Royce.”

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