next generation trawlerLondon. 14 June 2018. Rolls-Royce has received an extensive supply order from Spain’s Astilleros Gondan shipyard for the design, propulsion and auxiliary machinery systems for what has been dubbed one of world’s most advanced fishing vessels.

Scheduled for delivery in 2020 to Prestfjord Seafood, a division of Norway’s Holmøy Maritime, the 77m trawler will be based on a Rolls-Royce NVC 732 WP design arranged with triple trawl and pelagic trawl for operation in Arctic waters catching white fish and shrimps. The vessel has been designed to accommodate a 29-person crew.

Knut Roald Holmøy, CEO of Prestfjord, said: “Continuous improvement has always been important for us, we aim to ensure we have the most efficient fleet possible – both in regard of the environment and the catch.”

In addition to the design, Rolls-Royce will supply a hybrid propulsion system based around a Bergen B33:45 main engine driving a Promas propeller/rudder combination. This arrangement was specified to meet the owner’s specific requirements for low fuel consumption, reduced emissions and low noise and vibration.

Monrad Hide, Rolls-Royce, Marine VP Sales, said: “We are delighted that Prestfjord Seafood, a long-standing customer of ours, has once again selected a Rolls-Royce design and propulsion package for a newbuild trawler. It is Prestfjord’s fourth built to a Rolls-Royce design, the first being Sunderøy, which was delivered in 2004.”

Commenting on the efficiency of the NVC design, Hide explained that since many fishing vessels operate in the far north, a minimal environmental footprint is a key factor in selecting the design.

“The NVC series is specifically designed for fuel efficient operations. By introducing wave piercing hull design, a hybrid prime mover and the Promas propulsion system, we have been able to substantially reduce the vessel’s impact on the environment. The NVC series is designed with a special focus on gentle fish handing and is optimised for bottom and mid-water trawling with mode selections from the bridge. The design provides optimal sea keeping and comfort for the crew.”

The full scope of the supply contract is extensive. In addition to the NVC 372 WP design and diesel/electric propulsion system, Rolls Royce will deliver to the yard an auxiliary engine, a tunnel thruster and a complete deck machinery package, which includes permanent magnet winches. The vessel’s electrical and power plant will comprise a Rolls-Royce Power Electric System and automation systems, and also a battery package.

The new contract follows the successful operational performance of Holmøy, the NVC 370 trawler the Freire Shipyard delivered to Prestfjord in March 2016. When this vessel was delivered, it represented the first-ever installation of the then new Bergen B33:45 engine series.