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New pelagic vessel ordered for Killybegs. Eamon McHugh of Antarctic Fishing Company, has placed an order for a 62,60 m Pelagic Trawler newbuilding with Karstensen Shipyard. Build #458 will be named Antarctic and will have homeport in Killybegs, Ireland.

The McHugh family currently operates the 51m Antarctic, which will be sold upon arrival of the new vessel. The new vessel will operate along the same pattern as the existing vessel, with a traditional pelagic trawl fishery, where target species are mackerel and herring. Teresa and Eamon McHugh has headed the family business for 25 years, since starting with the first “Antarctic”, brought from Eamons brother Kevin McHugh. Sons Eamon J and Gerard are also deeply involved in the family business, with Eamon J managing the shore side and Gerard fishing onboard present vessel as skipper. Karstensen Shipyard is delighted with this new contract, which stresses the shipyards position as the prime designer and builder of larger pelagic fishing vessels.

Karstensen Shipyard has, for the time being, orders for no less than 11 pelagic vessels, which are to be delivered throughout the next 2 years. Karstensen Shipyard offers a complete concept, where all solutions are optimised and tailor made to customer specifications and requirements. Karstensen is independent of all suppliers, which makes such an optimization very flexible.    The vessel design, specification and arrangements are a result of an extensive and close cooperation between Owners and Yard, where all details have been tailor made to suit Eamon McHugh’s exact specifications. Main focus has been set on optimizing working, safety and comfort for the crew, optimizing catch handling- and storage facilities and optimizing of fuel consumption. New Antarctic is based on Karstensen Shipyards highly successful 63m hull model, which has proven characteristics in relation to sea keeping and fuel consumption. KS 63m hulls are in operation in all parts of northern Europe, with one already based in Killybegs, namely Paula.

In order to reach above targets, the ships will be outfitted with all the newest machinery and equipment, and suppliers have been chosen carefully to match specification and requirements. In particular it is noteworthy, that Killybegs based Sea Quest will supply the full deck machinery / winch / crane package.

Also, Killybegs-based KER Group will supply the full RSW-machinery and vacuum unloading packages. Both companies have long standing business relationships with Eamon McHugh. But these order will mark as a first complete supply to Karstensen Shipyard.

Barry Electronics, also of Killybegs, will supply the complete array of electronics for the new vessel. MAN ES will be supplying the complete propulsion plant, including a 9L27/38 main engine.  Auxiliary engines will be of make Caterpillar, consisting of 2 main units, 1 x 930 and 1 x 550 kWe. New Antarctic is scheduled for delivery in July 2021.