The design of the new vessel is the result of collaboration between Ekofish, Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam and Vripack naval architects. The twin-rigger measures 32m in length and has a 9.6m beam.

One of the aims of the team has been to optimise the efficiency of the vessel’s systems wherever possible.

Using the design of the power plant as an example, Eric Moerkerk, Manager Operations at the yard, explains:

“The vessel will have diesel-electric propulsion, using three generators lined up to a DC-Bus. This will reduce the peak load demands that are characteristic of the operational profile of fishing vessels.”

In addition, the power plant will be supplemented by a battery pack.

“The batteries can be used for short-term tasks at sea, and also while in harbour – removing the need to use the main engines. They can be charged in various ways; during periods of engine overcapacity or even capturing the energy created when the winches are paying out.”

Construction of the hull, taking place in Poland, is due to commence in Q1 2018. Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam will perform outfitting, aiming for completion in Q1 2019.