New pelagic trawlers for Shetland
Shetland will see the delivery of two new large pelagic trawlers in late summer next year after two Whalsay partnerships have placed orders with Flekkefjord Slipp & Maskinfabrikk AS, Norway.
Contracts for the multi-million pound order to replace the Charisma LK362 and the Research LK92 had been signed earlier, but the deal was only announced during the Fishing 2002 exhibition in Glasgow.
The new vessels, designed by Skipsteknisk of Aalesund, Norway are 65.9 metres and almost 69 metres in length respectively.
Sigmund Kroslid, marketing manager of the Flekkefjord yard said he was delighted to have secured the order. "We are very happy to go further on in the Shetland market place," he said.
The new vessels will be fitted with a Wärtsilä Wichman main engine connected to Wichman gear and a CP-propeller.