Wärtsilä has secured a contract to provide propulsion machinery for a new purse seine fishing trawler ordered by Strand Senior.
The vessel will be built at the Karstensen Skibsvǣrft shipyard in Denmark.
The owners emphasized that the propulsion system should be centred on the Wärtsilä 31 engine.
Wärtsilä will also supply a 2-speed gearbox, controllable pitch propellers, the HP-Nozzle, shaft generator, and the Wärtsilä’s ProTouch control system.
“The Wärtsilä 31 engine is becoming a popular choice for vessels where operational efficiency is a key requirement. Already a number of new fishing vessels have specified the Wärtsilä 31 and we expect this trend to be increasingly emphasized over the coming years,” said Stefan Wiik, vice president, Engines, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.
“We wanted to build a new vessel that represents the future. For this reason we have emphasised high efficiency and environmental sustainability, and Wärtsilä was the obvious choice to meet these aims,” added Janne-Grethe Strand Aasnæs, managing director, Strand Havfiske.
When delivered in early 2019, the 75 meter long trawler will carry out commercial fishing operations, combining trawling and purse seining. The trawl fishing will be carried out mostly along the west coast of Ireland.