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VARD contracts Hydroniq Cooolers for  Framherji stern trawler. VARD has contracted Hydroniq Coolers to deliver the marine seawater cooling system to a stern trawler the shipbuilding group is constructing for P/F Akraberg, a subsidiary of Framherji on the Faroe Islands. 

“This is actually the first time we are delivering our technology to a shipowner on the Faroe Islands. We are hopeful that this could open up new doors for us,” says Arnt Ove Austnes, sales manager at Hydroniq Coolers.  


P/F Akraberg is a subsidiary of Framherji, one of the leading and most innovative fishing companies in the Faroe Islands. The Fuglafjørður-based company is together with its subsidiaries owner and operator of 6 fishing vessels with catch rights in Faroese and International waters, focusing on ground fish and pelagic species. 


Hydroniq Coolers will supply its Rack seawater cooling system to the stern trawler. This type of marine cooling system is integrated in the hull below the main engine room of the vessel, where it reduces temperatures in the ship’s engines and other auxiliary systems through use of seawater – but without taking up valuable engine room space. Further, the Rack system does not require dry-docking for maintenance and cleaning as it can be extracted from below the engine room, even while at sea.  


Hydroniq Coolers will manufacture and assemble the equipment at its headquarter outside Aalesund, Norway, and deliver it to Vard Brattvaag in Norway. The company has not disclosed the value of the contract.  


The stern trawler of VARD 8 03 design, which is a further development of VARD 8 02, is developed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway. The vessel will be arranged for triple trawling and have a length of 84 metres and a beam of 16.7 metres. The trawler will be equipped with a hybrid propulsion system combining both diesel-mechanical and diesel-electric propulsion, including batteries. 


The trawler will be equipped with the latest technology, equipment and solutions for onboard production. To secure high quality of the fish, all the catch will be processed onboard, packed and stored in freezers or refrigerators and the fish waste is stored in specialized ensilage tanks, before unloading at the harbor. The cargo capacity for frozen products will be approximately 2,000 cubic metres divided over two decks, in addition to ensilage capacity of approximately 550 cubic metres.  


Delivery of the vessel is scheduled from Vard Brattvaag in Norway in Q2 2022.  


“Our energy-efficient Rack seawater cooler helps keep fuel consumption and associated emissions as low as possible. Hence, it has the right profile for a trawler that is designed to ensure full utilisation of the biomass from each catch and bring the catch ashore with minimal environmental footprint,” adds Austnes 


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.