After passing her technical inspection, the wellboat Gåsø Høvding has gone into service. Build by Sefine Shipyard in Turkey according to a Møre Maritime design, the vessel is operating in Norwegian waters where she’s transporting and processing fish.
She’s large, at 83.2 metres long and 30.9 metres wide, with a total well volume for fish storage of 7,500 cubic metres. She’s been designed to process up to 1,000 tonnes of fish per hour, and because the well is so big, it exposes the fish to minimum stress. Mounted aft, there are six Yanmar 1,300kWe 6EY22ALWS gensets powering a variety of jobs.
New construction manager at owner/operator Frøy Einride Wingan says, “We chose Yanmar for the generators because the company has such a good reputation in the live fish carrier business. The engines are known to be very cost effective both for fuel consumption and maintenance.”
Being a purpose-built specialist rather than a modification of an existing design has allowed the operators to optimise everything onboard. Wingan continues, “The generators run all the time. The jobs they do are extremely important both for the general safe operation of the vessel and the welfare of the fish. They are powering azimuths, bow thrusters, circulation pumps, oxygen systems, delicing equipment and a fresh water production system in addition to the other common ship systems.”
There’s a comprehensive electronics management system offering flexibility. Wingan explains, “The system is automated with control locally or direct from the wheelhouse, where the stop/start operation is mostly controlled. I predict this type of generator technology will be with us for a long time.”