Norway’s Vard, one of the world leaders in specialized shipbuilding, signed a new contract for the design and construction of one stern trawler for Havfisk. According to a press release, the hull will be built at Vard Braila in Romania, while outfitting and completion will be carried out at Vard Søviknes in Norway. Delivery of the vessel is scheduled for Q1 2020.
The contract value is slightly below NOK 400 million, about EUR 41.6 million.
With a length of 80 meters and a beam of 17 meters, the trawler features an advanced fish factory, two separate cargo holds for refrigerated and frozen fish, and a freezing capacity of 80 tons per 24 hours.
The new vessel will be a further development of the recently delivered trawler, featuring improved catch handling with a live fish tank, keeping the fish in healthy condition until processing and storing of catch in low temperature to maintain the premium quality of the fish. Head and guts will be stored in ensilage tanks and delivered ashore, ensuring that all biomass of the catch are utilized.
The vessel will be the world’s first stern trawler with an integrated energy storage system, consisting of diesel mechanical/diesel electric propulsion and batteries.
Vard has developed and delivered a total of four fishing vessels for Havfisk, Norway’s largest trawler company with a fleet of 10 vessels.
Headquartered in Norway and with approximately 9,000 employees, Vard operates nine strategically located shipbuilding facilities, including five in Norway, two in Romania – Tulcea and Braila, one in Brazil and one in Vietnam.
Vard Braila had nearly 1,400 employees at the end of 2016 and a turnover of RON 171 million and a loss of RON 17 million.