Westfleet Seafoods to add new longliner
New Zealand-based Westfleet Seafoods, based in Greymouth, has built an international reputation for quality and sustainability. While their fleet includes pelagic trawlers, their preferred method of capture is longline. This method is distinguished by the quality and selectivity of the catch.
The company’s current fleet consists of five vessels, two of which are modern longliners. The success of these vessels prompted the company to order an additional longliner for delivery in early 2022. The new vessel was designed by Oceantech, an architectural firm with offices in New Zealand and Australia. Westfleet Fishing associate company AIMEX Services Group will build the new vessel.
The new steel-hulled vessel, which will be called Te Runanga, will have an aluminum superstructure. It measures 26 meters by 7.8 meters by 3.6 meters, which is two meters longer and wider than the company’s existing longliners. It is larger than the other longliners in the fleet and allows for a significantly larger hold and fuel capacity. Two holds, 15.6 cubic meters for the freezer and 112.5 m3. refrigerated, provide twice the capacity of the company’s other two longliners. The catches will be stored on the ice in insulated 660-liter bins for reduced handling and ease of unloading.
The propulsive power for the new longliner will come from a single Cummins QSK19-M diesel delivering 660 hp (492 kW) at 1,800 rpm to a fixed-pitch propeller via a ZF gear. Storage is provided for 60,340 liters of fuel and 20,120 liters of fresh water.
The Westfleet is jointly owned by Sealord and Company Managing Director Craig Boote, who is committed to providing a high level of comfort for the boat’s crew of up to eight people. He was quoted as saying, “I tried to design it in such a way that when the crew come home to their accommodation at night, it’s like stepping into an upscale townhouse.”
The Te Runanga will also be equipped with the latest technology to prevent seabirds from interacting with the baited hooks. In addition to the crew aboard the vessel, his catches will also contribute significantly to Westfleet Seafoods, the processing job ashore.