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Karstensens secure order for Norwegian pelagic trawler. Marie AS, Kristiansand and Karstensens Skibsværft, Skagen, have entered into a contract for the design, construction and delivery of a new 65.90 m pelagic trawler.

​Sille Marie AS is based in Søgne, near Kristiansand in Norway, and is owned by three brothers Aamodt: Carl, Tom Arne and Yngvar, on the one hand and the Salthaug family, with Bastian, Tobias, Yngvar and Bent, on the other hand. The vessel will be the Company’s first newbuilding, and will replace the current ‘Sille Marie #’, which was purchased from Sweden in 2011.

The company is led by Carl Aamodt in collaboration with skippers Bastian and Yngvar Salthaug.

​The company operates with combined trawl fishing, partly pelagic for herring and mackerel and partly for industrial fish combined with consumer fish / white fish. The new vessel must be operated according to the same principles.

​The company expresses satisfaction that it has reached the end of this agreement with Karstensens Skibsværft, and looks forward to getting started with the construction.

​The contact builds on an established and good collaboration between Rederi and Værft.

​​The new “Sille Marie” is of the yard’s own design, and the vessel is tailored to the company’s needs, however with an extraordinary focus on reduced emissions, and a green operating profile.

​The project is full-spec with innovative, green and sustainable solutions, and special emphasis has been placed on optimising working conditions, safety and comfort for the crew. Experiences from the Company’s current ship and the Shipyard’s portfolio have been carefully discussed and assessed during the design process.

​Throughout the design and specification process, there has been a great deal of focus on the ship’s operating profile, optimization of fuel consumption and thus reduced emissions.

The green profile is especially taken care of in the form of full emission cleaning, hull design and integration with a particularly large, slow-moving propeller, which has been the subject of much research and optimization, in close collaboration with the supplier of the propulsion system, MAN Energy Solutions .

​In addition, the vessel is equipped with a large battery pack, which will reduce consumption during active peak maintenance and provide extra power in critical operating conditions.

The vessel is further designed with electric winches, which in all conditions of use regenerate surplus energy for the battery pack, electric fish pumps, heat recovery from all engines, LED lighting everywhere and a number of other measures to ensure possible energy consumption.

​The electric winch system is rigged for 2-trawl with 3 winches and 4 net drums. Furthermore, 2 pumping stations are arranged on the stern, SB and BB, respectively, for double pumping of the catch. Fish pumps are also of the electric type.

The ship is further equipped with a state-of-the art fish factory, with maximum focus on efficient workflow and gentle fish processing, for the vessel’s catch of white fish for human consumption.

​A number of suppliers are being selected these days, all based on criteria such as energy optimization, innovation, quality and operational safety.

​The propulsion system will consist of a MAN main engine of 2920 kW with a large, slow-moving propeller which measures a diameter of 4.70 meters, adapted to the ship’s exact operating profile. The size and speed of the propeller represent a pioneering choice, and it is expected that the ship will be able to operate with extremely good energy efficiency, which will set a new standard in the industry.

New “Sille Marie” will be delivered and put into operation from 1 June 2023.

​The contract amount is around NOK 305m, of which around NOK 30m can be attributed to emission and environmental promotion measures.

Main dimensions of the vessel

Length everywhere 65.90 m

Width moulded 14.00 m

Depth of shelter deck 8.00 m

Load capacity 1550 m3

Other technical data

Main engine MAN 8L27 / 38, 2920 kW

Gear and propeller MAN, d4700 mm

Winch plant Electric

Side propellers 2 x 700 kW

RSW system 2 x 850 kW