World’s most efficient Pelagic Trawler to feature Wärtsilä design and propulsion machinery

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release 23 November 2015 at 09:00 UTC+2
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A new pelagic fishing trawler ordered by Scottish owner Mewstead LLP will be built according to a Wärtsilä design and will feature a broad scope of Wärtsilä propulsion machinery. The ship is to be built at the Nauta Shipyard in Poland and when completed will be the largest and most efficient ship of its type in the world. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in November. Delivery of the vessel is scheduled for mid-2017.

The decision to choose the Wärtsilä ship design was based on the high level of efficiency derived from the optimised hull lines. This optimisation, together with Wärtsilä’s highly efficient integrated engine and propulsion solution, results in far lower fuel consumption than would otherwise be possible. Other decisive factors in the award of this contract were the vessel’s bollard pull capability and improved working conditions for the crew, such as the reduced noise levels made possible by Wärtsilä’s 2-speed gearbox.

“Wärtsilä Ship Design has a reference list of more than 200 fishing vessels built, making us one of the world’s leading designers in this field. At the same time, we have the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of products, systems and solutions, thus enabling us to optimise the design and the propulsion so as to achieve the greatest efficiency and lowest operating costs, as we have in this case,” says Aaron Bresnahan, Vice President, Sales, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

“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,” says M Michael Tait, owner of the vessel.

The full Wärtsilä scope of supply includes the ship design, a 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 main engine, two 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 auxiliary engines, a 2-speed gearbox, a controllable pitch propeller (CPP) running in a Wärtsilä HP nozzle, a complete stern tube including Wärtsilä Sternguard seals and Wärtsilä Sternsafe bearings. Wärtsilä will also supply its ProTouch propulsion control system.

The vessel will operate in the North Sea in the fishing grounds around the coast of Scotland.

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The Wärtsilä 32 engine
The Wärtsilä 20 auxiliary engine
The Wärtsilä 2-speed gear
The Wärtsilä controllable pitch propeller
Wärtsilä Seals and Bearings
Wärtsilä Protouch leaflet

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Caption: The world’s biggest and most efficient Pelagic Trawler is designed and powered by Wärtsilä.

Media contacts:

Mr Ove Wilhelmsen
Managing Director, Ship Design Norway
Wärtsilä Marine Solutions
Tel: +47 53 45 71 18

Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
Senior Manager Marketing, Communications, Marine Solutions
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +358 10 709 1439

Wärtsilä in brief:
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2014, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately 17,700 employees. The company has operations in more than 200 locations in nearly 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.