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Karstensens secures order for Swedish trawler.  The Gifico shipping company and Karstensens Skibsværft have entered into a contract for the design and construction of a 63.80 m trawler.

​Gifico is owned by the Claeson family from Fiskebäck in Sweden. The company was established in 1977, when Karl Gustav Claeson took over the in-laws Ahlström’s former ship, “Ganthi IV”. This ship was renamed “Ginneton” in 1980, and the name has followed the Claeson family ever since. The new vessel will thus be the Claeson family’s third newbuilding with this name. The newbuilding will replace the current “Ginneton”, delivered from Karstensen’s Shipyard in 2006.

In addition to “Ginneton”, Gifico also owns “Ceton” and “Vera C”. These 2 vessels were also built at Karstensens Skibsværft in 2006 and 2017, respectively.

Today, the company is owned / managed by 99-year-old Karl Gustav’s 2 sons, Kurt and Thor – as well as their respective sons Philip, Jonathan, Jacob and Johannes and Thor’s son-in-law Alexander. All are active in the operation as fishermen / skippers.

The company operates with combined trawl fishing, partly pelagic for herring and mackerel and partly for industrial 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 – which will be the company’s first newbuilding project in over 20 years.

​Since the purchase of “Ganthi IV” almost 45 years ago, Rederi og Værft has worked closely together, with various rebuilding and repair tasks. However, this will be the first time that the Shipping Company and shipyard are working together on a newbuilding project, as the aforementioned Karstensen’s newbuildings in the shipping company’s current fleet have been purchased as used.

Like the other ships that the Shipyard has under construction for shipowners in Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands and Denmark, the new “Ginneton” is also of its own design.

With the new “Ginneton”, Karstensens Skibsværft has a total of 15 fishing vessels in the order book for delivery over the next 3 years.

​Design, interior design and events have been created in a very close collaboration between Rederi and Værft. The company has been concerned with innovative solutions, and special emphasis has been placed on optimizing working conditions, safety and comfort for the crew. Many experiences from the Company’s current ship and the Shipyard’s portfolio have been discussed and assessed during the design process.

​The green profile is largely handled in the form of practical and effective solutions. There is great focus on the hull design, and optimization in relation to “Ginneton”‘s operating profile, this with a view to the lowest possible fuel consumption and thus emissions. The hull is thus a further development and further optimization of the yard’s successful 63m design / construction series, where the current “Ginneton” was curiously the first when it was delivered in 2006 as a new building with the name Cattleya.

As direct energy optimization, the vessel is equipped with heat recovery from all engines, LED lighting everywhere and a number of other measures to ensure possible energy 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 Wartsila main engine with a large propeller, adapted to the ship’s exact operating profile. The winch system will be supplied by Karmøy Winch