With close to 50 years of experience in the fishing industry, a substantial reference list of equipment deliveries and in excess of 250 fishing vessels built to its designs, Wärtsilä has a unique know-how and expertise, backed by a truly global footprint. Our extensive offering for fishing vessels allow us to enhance the business of our customers by providing solutions that are environmentally sustainable, efficient, flexible, and economically sound.
There are approximately 32,000 different kinds of fish in the world today, which is more than all the other kinds of vertebrates combined.
    • The Wärtsilä 2-speed gear allows an effective use of the installed propulsion power at lower operational speeds, without impacting the capability to use maximum power when required. Efficiency improvements of between 10% and 20% can be expected alongside a similar reduction in emissions
    • Optimized hull/propulsion interaction to achieve the best possible level of efficiency, and low fuel consumption
    • Design and propulsion configuration optimized according to operating profile and required speed
    • Cost efficient construction, due to optimized main deck and superstructure


    • Excellent sea state capabilities, based on extensive experience and studies for all operational modes and load conditions
    • Reduced risk, due to integration between the products and design.
    • Reliability in terms of time between overhaul
    • Boosting and take me home
    • Low noise & crew comfort



    • Environmental profile due to machinery configuration, efficient hull lines and fish waste recovery
    • IMO Ballast Water compliance: We support our customers throughout their ballast water compliance projects. We aim to provide clarity, assurance and minimise risk.
    • IMO Tier III compliance, Reduced NOx-, CO2-, sulphur emissions and particulates
    • Wärtsilä compared to competition
      • up to - 2,7% CO2
      • up to - 2,7% SOX
      • up to - 0,2% PM

    Fishing vessels


    Wärtsilä's new
    Stern Trawler

    VS 6215
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    A unique aft ship design, the combination of an optimized hull and a propulsion system incorporating the world's most efficient engine, makes this Stern Trawler different from anything ever seen before in this market segment.

    The oldest fishhook ever found dates back to about 42,000 years ago.

    fuel-efficient and sustainable -
    the Wärtsilä 14
    highspeed engine

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    Products & services

    About 1 billion people rely on fish as their primary protein source.

    Finding the right solution




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    2-speed Gear:

    Fuel savings of up to 15%

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    Optimised propulsion

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    35% of total world fish is exported from its original country.


    Wärtsilä Fishing Vessels - Fish farming industry

    The world’s first hybrid propulsion solution for fish farming industry

    “We very much appreciate Wärtsilä’s support in designing a vessel that meets our operational and environmental requirements.”
    Jon Hinder, Chairman of the board, Hav Line Gruppen


    Krill fishing factory vessel

    “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.”
    Wang Zhi, Owner of Jiangsu Sunline Deep Sea Fisheries Co. Ltd. based in China


    Modern pelagic trawler

    “This will be a very large and extremely modern fishing vessel and it is important that the design and the equipment driving the vessel also feature the very latest and best technologies. We are confident that the Wärtsilä design and equipment solutions fully meet our needs.”
    Owner Michael Tait, Mewstead LLP based in Scotland


    Efficient fishing vessel

    “The new vessel will be operating in challenging sea and weather conditions in the Barents Sea and off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. It is essential, therefore, that the propulsion machinery is both highly efficient and extremely reliable. We have every confidence in Wärtsilä’s expertise in these areas."
    Owner Inge Halstensen, Halstensen Granit AS based in Norway


    Efficient and high performance propulsion solution

    “Wärtsilä’s design and hydrodynamic expertise, together with its high quality manufacturing, was an important factor in optimising the vessel’s propulsion performance. Especially valuable was Wärtsilä’s flexibility in enabling the fitting of a triple rudder.”
    Roy Morrison, MacDuff Shipyards Group based in U.K.


    A life at sea

    Getting out of bed in the dead of night, making a flask of hot coffee and leaving your family behind as you head out into the rough water for a day at sea. For some, it’s a lonely, solitary thought and the stuff of nightmares. For others, it’s a life-long...
    17 February 2016
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    The new Wärtsilä 31 engine

    The Wärtsilä 31 is the first in a new generation of medium-speed engines, designed to raise the bar...
    2 June 2015
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    Globally there are estimated to be around 2,5 million motorized fishing vessels.


    Fishing vessels

    Propulsion systems developed to provide outstanding reliability, low operating costs and intuitive operating control

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    Pelagic vessels

    Wärtsilä Ship Design is at the forefront in the design of sophisticated purse seiners and pelagic mid-water trawlers

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    Stern trawlers

    Based on our proven designs, with optimized hull-design and improved sea-state capabilities

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