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Danish shipyard orders seawater coolers for Faroe-bound trawler. Danish shipyard Karstensens Skibsværft A/S has awarded Norwegian Hydroniq Coolers a contract to supply its hull-integrated seawater cooling system to a newbuild pelagic trawler that is being built for Faroese company Christian í Grótinum P/f.

“This is the first time we deliver our products to this shipbuilder and shipowner. It underlines the increased standing our hull-integrated seawater coolers have in the global shipbuilding industry,” says Hans Robert Almestad, vice president of sales and marketing at Hydroniq Coolers.

The company Christian í Grótinum P/f, based at Klaksvik on the Faroe Islands, is owned by Kristian Martin Rasmussen and family.

Hydroniq Coolers will supply its ‘Rack’ seawater cooling system to the newbuild pelagic trawler. This type of marine cooling system is integrated in the hull below the main engine room of the vessel. Here it reduces temperatures in the ship’s engines and other auxiliary systems through use of seawater, but without taking up valuable engine room space.

The newbuild pelagic vessel, to be named Christian í Grótinum, replacing an existing vessel of the same name, is a design by the yard in cooperation with the owners to develop a fishing vessel capable of operating as sustainably as possible, with minimal emissions per kilo of landed fish. This includes both new thinking and proven arrangements in delivering a highly efficient vessel, equipped with electric winches and fish pump systems.

“Integrating the seawater cooling system in the hull below the engine room is more energy efficient than alternative solutions. In turn, this results in lower fuel consumption, lower emission levels and lower operating costs for the shipowner. Hence, it is easy to understand why our Rack seawater cooler is a good match for the trawler’s eco-friendly profile,” adds Almestad.

The new Christian í Grótinum will be built at Karstensen Shipyard Poland in Gdynia, with outfitting and completion taking place at the company’s yard in Skagen, Denmark.  She will be 89.35 metres long and 17 metres wide. Delivery from the yard is scheduled for January 2022.

Hydroniq Coolers will manufacture and assemble the equipment at its headquarters outside Aalesund, Norway, and deliver it to Karstensens Skibsværft in Skagen, Denmark. Hydroniq Coolers has not disclosed the value of its contract.

Hydroniq Coolers is owned by Norwegian investment company SMV Invest AS (formerly Sperre Mek. Verksted AS).  The company’s name “Hydroniq” refers to regulation of temperature through utilisation of liquids.