Operator Sølvtrans AS, based in Ålesund, Norway, has taken delivery of the latest addition to its fleet - the Ronja Queen. The ceremony took place at the Quality Hotel Waterfront in the town on December 3rd.
|The new vessel features Yanmar propulsion|
Ronny Uren, technical purchaser at constructor Aas Mek. Verksted explains, “This is part of a long-term well boat collaboration with Sølvtrans, the third in a series of seven boats. What we do is customise special designs for the end-user as well as sourcing equipment that will fit the vessel profile. In this case, like the recently delivered Ronja Azul, we started with an AAS 3002 ST design with a total capacity of 3,000m3, distributed over two separate tanks. Total carrying capacity is up to 450 tonnes.
“Our role includes recommending the main propulsion engine as well as other equipment, sometimes, owners follow our recommendations, or we will take instruction from them. For this whole range, the main machinery consists of a Yanmar 6EY26W, producing 1,920kW at 750RPM, connected to Brunvoll gear and propeller, enabling the ship to operate at 13 knots. For enhanced manoeuvrability, we fitted side thrusters by Brunvoll, 600kW at the front and 500kW at the stern.”
This engine is a popular choice with operators as it’s a good fit for this type of vessel, with good power output and a compact footprint. It has also proven to be reliable in service with low fuel oil consumption.
The design of the ship features a low draft meaning the young salmon can be loaded and unloaded without needing very deep water. There's a crew of 12, with two separate places to eat and a gym.
To ensure cargo hygiene, there's a UV treatment system, automated disinfection, and closed-circuit TV so the crew can ensure the fish are okay.
The final boat in the range, the Ronja Evolution, is scheduled to be delivered at the end of 2024.