Wärtsilä to design groundbreaking krill fishing factory vessel
Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä has been selected to design the biggest and most modern krill fishing factory vessel in the world.
The 115-metre-long vessel is set to operate in Antarctic waters.
The contract was placed by Shanghai-based Hansail Marine & Offshore Design and will feature Wärtsilä’s VS 6206 FT design.
“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,” says Wang Zhi, owner of Jiangsu Sunline Deep Sea Fisheries. “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.”
The superior performance of Wärtsilä’s environmentally sustainable solution will come from installed machinery and the propulsion system, along with an efficient hull design that interacts with the propeller. Together these ensure high efficiency and low fuel consumption.
Innovative fishing and fish processing technologies are also incorporated in the design, allowing krill fishing to be carried out by using continuous pumping, as well as conventional net trawling. Together these will result in improved quality of the catch.
As part of the contract Wärtsilä will provide all Class- and Flag Authority-related drawings and arrangements needed for the necessary approvals and certifications.