Arctic trawler and wind farm installer
The development of the polar seas by fishermen requires the creation of vessels of a new type, specially adapted to work in extremely harsh weather conditions. And for the installation of wind farms in the open sea, not only special technologies are needed, but also highly specialized vessels. How do shipbuilders solve these difficult tasks?
The Norwegian design company Skipsteknisk recently announced the development of a groundbreaking Saputi II freezer trawler for fishing and shrimp off the northern coast of Canada.
The vessel was built by order of the Canadian fishing company Qikiqtaaluk Fisheries Corporation (QFC). The project is a creative development of the earlier ST-118 fishing vessel with a hull length of 79m and a width of 17m. The crew will consist of 34 people. According to preliminary data, Saputi II will be able to take on board up to 800 tons of shrimp or up to 1200 tons of halibut.
The new trawler is built to meet the requirements of a heavy ice-class vessel and is specially adapted for long voyages in the area between the northern tip of Baffin Island and the Icelandic coast.
And here is another interesting example of a specialized new building - the vessel Les Alizés, owned by the Belgian company Jan De Nul, which is designed to install and maintain various large structures both in the coastal zone and at a considerable distance from the coast.
With a length of 236.8 meters, a width of 52 meters and a maximum draft of 10.5 meters, the vessel is equipped with a huge crane with a lifting capacity of 5,000 tons.
Under a contract with Danish power generating company Ørsted, Les Alizés will provide the installation of 106 base masts for wind power generators in the North Sea, as well as related equipment and associated protective structures. The work is planned to start in 2023 and be completed within one year.