Prestfjord selects Rolls-Royce for stern trawler development

13 July 2014 (Last Updated July 13th, 2014 18:30)

Norwegian fishing company Prestfjord Havfiske has selected Rolls-Royce to design and equip a 69m-long stern trawler.

Norwegian fishing company Prestfjord Havfiske has selected Rolls-Royce to design and equip a 69m-long stern trawler.

Under the £7m contract, Rolls-Royce will build the vessel to its NVC 370 design at Freire Shipyard in Vigo, Spain.

The vessel will be equipped for both bottom and pelagic trawl and will be deployed mainly to perform traditional fishing operations in Norwegian, Russian and Greenland waters.

Rolls-Royce fish and special purpose vessels sales and contract vice-president Monrad Hide said: "This will be the third Rolls-Royce vessel chosen by Prestfjord Havfiske AS and we are of course very happy about this new contract and the close cooperation we have with this innovative owner."

"Fuel-economy, environmental considerations, comfort, performance at sea and catch quality underpin the NVC 370 vessel design."

"Fuel-economy, environmental considerations, comfort, performance at sea and catch quality underpin the NVC 370 vessel design."

The trawler will feature a hybrid propulsion system, based on Rolls-Royce hybrid shaft generator system, in order to help achieve significant operating economy and environment-friendly profile.

The propulsion system will also enable the vessel to operate in diesel-electric or diesel-mechanical mode.

A Bergen diesel engine will also be installed on to the vessel, in addition to the electric permanent magnet-driven trawl winches and an integrated rudder and propeller system, Promas.

As part of the contract, the company has already performed some development work, including computational fluid dynamics calculations, required to create a hull design that can ensure fuel-efficient speed, low-noise and cost-effective operation.