Fortuna announces the construction of a new trawler — MercoPress
Fortuna announces the construction of a new trawler
Over the past few weeks the Boards of Fortuna Ltd and our partners have approved the construction of a new trawler to replace FV Capricorn in the Loligo fishery in early 2025. The vessel will be owned and operated by Fortuna Joint Venture Company – “Petrel Fishing Company Ltd”.
Construction of the vessel is now beginning at the Nodosa shipyard in Marin, Spain. It is hoped the vessel will be completed by the end of 2024, ready to start fishing in Falkland Calamari’s first season early the following year.
The vessel will be registered in the Falkland Islands and has been christened ‘F/V Prion’.
The vessel is the second new build undertaken by Fortuna and our partners in the last 3 years and is another substantial investment in fishing here.
The construction of the ship will be financed by a combination of financial reserves and bank loans.
During the design and construction of this new vessel, several aspects were taken into account, focusing on respect for the environment and the safety, comfort and rest time of the crew on board, as well as the quality of the final product. These mirror a number of similar items made on our previous new version, the FV Falcon, and include:
• Main and auxiliary engines comply with the most modern and stringent emission regulations, guaranteeing reduced pollutant emissions and greater fuel economy.
• The design of the hull is optimized, with an inverted bow, to allow easier movement and innovative aesthetics.
• Ammonia freezing will be used again, as in the previous construction we have undertaken, as it is more environmentally friendly and more efficient.
• A silicone paint will be used for the hull, currently the most ecological on the market, while allowing fuel savings.
• In order to mitigate the risk of interactions with seabirds, bird scaring devices will be permanently installed on the vessel, as well as waste holding tanks so that batch discharges can occur when fishing operations are carried out. fishing do not occur.
• There is a high tech incinerator which will reduce waste coming ashore.
• Thanks to the design, we will be able to reduce the number of people working on the bridge. In addition, in most deck operations, they will work under cover, which will improve working conditions, especially in bad weather.
• The crew will be 78 people, which will allow additional rest. Accommodation arrangements will also be greatly improved.
• The plant layout has been improved, based on an ergonomic study, to improve safety and speed up plant processes.
• In addition, the loading and unloading of trays in the factory will be semi-automated, thus reducing human intervention.
• The importance of facilities for fisheries observers was also recognized, with a dedicated cabin and a specific area designed for observers to carry out their work.
Fortuna Ltd would like to thank the Falkland Islands Department of Natural Resources, Waverley Law Ltd and the Registrar of Ships for their assistance to date and future assistance on this project.