#431 will be named KINGS CROSS and is owned by a partnership between Lunar Fishing Co Ltd and Wiseman Fishing Co Ltd, the latter headed by well-known skipper Alex Wiseman.
#432 will be named PATHWAY and is owned by Lunar Fishing Co Ltd, the Peterhead-based fishing company, headed by the well-known Buchan family.
Lunar Fishing currently operates 3 pelagic vessels (of which the 2 will be replaced by these newbuildings) and 3 white fish trawlers in Scotland. In addition, the company has extensive shore side facilities for handling pelagic-as well as white fish. The company has been well-known for a constant development of their fleet, with continuous newbuildings.
Both vessels will operate along the same pattern as the existing vessels, ie with combined trawl and purse seine fishery, where pursing occurs primarily at mackerel. Other species, such as herring and blue whiting are caught by trawl nets.
Karstensen Shipyard is delighted with these new contracts. Like other pelagic newbuildings currently under construction at Karstensen, the 2 vessels are in-house designed. Karstensen Shipyard has, for the time being, orders for no less than 7 pelagic vessels, which are to be delivered throughout the next 3 years. Karstensen Shipyard offers a complete concept, where all solutions are optimized and tailor made to customer specifications and requirements. Karstensen is independent of all suppliers, which makes such an optimization very flexible.
Owners and yard have a well-established and long-standing relationship. Ie "Lunar Bow" was lengthened by Karstensen for skipper John Buchan some 25 years ago. Also Alex Buchan Jr and John George Buchan of todays "Lunar Bow" and "Kings Cross" are well-known faces in Skagen, mainly for repairs and maintenance. 6 years ago, Karstensen designed and built the highly successful whitefish pair-team "Ocean Harvest" and "Harvester" for Lunar Fishing.
Skipper/owner Alex Wiseman first visited Karstensen with "Radiant Star" some 27 years ago, and has also been a steady costumer ever since.
Despite the long standing relationships, these vessels still represents a major breakthrough for Karstensen Shipyard, as it will be the first pelagic newbuildings delivered to these Owners. Thus the contracts only emphasizes the yards position as the prime builder of larger pelagic fishing vessels.
The 2 identical vessels will be top modern pelagic purser / trawlers. The vessel design, specification and arrangements is a result of an extensive and close cooperation between owners and yard. 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.
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.
Wartsila will be supplying the complete propulsion plant, including a 9L32 main engine, at 5220 kW. The propeller design will be optimized to the specific service profile of the vessel, with rpm’s between 90 and 124. This will ensure optimized bollard pull for trawling, as well as good free-sailing characteristics. Auxiliary engines will consist of 4 units, 3 x 550 og 1 x 150 kWe.
Based on first-hand experience, Owners has chosen Karmøy Winch as supplier of the full deck machinery package.
New KINGS CROSS is scheduled for delivery in October 2016, and PATHWAY in June 2017. Price indication, each: DKK 210 m / EUR 29 m / GBP 22,4 m
Length overall 78,75 m
Breadth moulded 15,50 m
Depth shelter deck 9,20 m
Winch system Karmøy
Winch system Brunvoll, 2 x 950 kW
Thrusters Johnson Controls, 2 x 1345 kW
Vacuum plant MMC, 4 x 66 kW / 2 x 4200 l tank