JANUARY 15, 2016 —Wärtsilä is designing the world's biggest and most modern krill fishing factory vessel.
The 115 m long vessel will have onboard processing factories for the production of frozen krill, krill meat, and Omega 3 fish oil and will have accommodations for 99 people.
It will operate in the waters of the Antarctic, a World Heritage site, and Wärtsilä says its design provides "an appropriately sustainable environmental solution."
The contract has been placed by Shanghai based Hansail Marine & Offshore Design and will feature Wärtsilä's VS 6206 FT design. The vessel is to be built for Jiangsu Sunline Deep Sea Fisheries Co, based in China.
The contract calls for a Basic Design, meaning that Wärtsilä will provide all Class and Flag Authority related drawings and arrangements needed for the necessary approvals and certifications. These will also provide the basis for future more detailed engineering prior to the start of construction in the shipyard.
Wärtsilä's extensive experience in designing highly efficient fishing vessels was an important factor winning the contract. The design incorporates innovative fishing and fish processing technologies that allow krill fishing to be carried out not only with conventional net trawling, but also using continuous pumping, a new development that improves the quality of the fish.
"Wärtsilä has a proud and successful track record in ship design and we have an excellent list of references for fishing vessel designs," says Riku-Pekka Hägg, Vice President, Ship Design, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions. "Our strong presence in the Chinese market means that we have the capability to provide quickly and efficiently, the needed support to everyone involved in this important project. We have worked closely with the customer to develop this design enabling sustainable and effective fishing in the Antarctic."
In addition to the installed machinery and propulsion system, an important element of a ship's performance is the hull design. To ensure high efficiency, low fuel consumption, and therefore reduced environmental impact, the hull's interaction with the propeller is of significant importance. Wärtsilä has for many years invested in developing expertise in the optimization of hull lines, and is today using advanced computer aided tools to maximize the performance of each individual ship designed. Wärtsilä's extensive portfolio of products and solutions is also a factor in the high efficiency of the vessel as it enables optimal integration of all the onboard equipment.
"This new series of vessels represents a new generation of krill fishing solutions and we are grateful to Wärtsilä for producing a design that fully meets our needs. For fishing in the harsh and sensitive waters of the Antarctic, the ship's design must be reliable, safe and environmentally sound. We believe that Wärtsilä has succeeded in all these areas," says Mr Wang Zhi, owner of Jiangsu Sunline Deep Sea Fisheries Co. Ltd.