Building two new trawlers
Two new trawlers will join Royal Greenlands seagoing fishing fleet in 2019
Follow our building of two new seagoing factory trawlers in Bilbao, Spain.
You are invited...
The decision to build two new seagoing fishing trawlers equipped for the harsh environment in the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans was made back in 2015. Hereafter a long process of designing the vessels and finding the right partners to build it began. And finally in July 2017 the first steel was cut and the very first keel elements were laid out.
The two vessels are being built by Astilleros de Murueta in Bilbao, Spain. We are excited to see the ships rise in the slipway over the next years - and we invite you to follow the building process together with us, here on the site...Time:
Avataq: Cargo hold
Sisimiut: Elements lifted on board
Sisimiut - closing off insulation
How to choose the right cable?
Sisimiut: mounting of panels
Sisimiut: The bridge is taking form - but there is still some way to go...
Sisimiut factory overview
Avataq seen from the rear - Sisimiut in the background
Sisimiut: Auto freezers and packaging table have been installed in the factory
Sisimiut: Floorboards are laid on the bridge
Sisimiut: the base for the trawl winch is constructed
Avataq: Awaiting the final block
Avataq: Foundation for the flooring is ready on the bridge
Avataq: The bridge ready for first layer of paint
Wow - we are really seeing progress - the key event in November was without doubt the sea-launch of trawler Avataq. Again a moving moment when the large trawler elegantly floated into the water for the first time...
Ready to launch
Avataq before launch
Trawler Sisimiut and Avataq - side by side
Avataq: Main engine ready for mounting
Avataq: Painting the coat of arms
Avataq: First layer of paint
Sisimiut: Accomodation taking form - the bathrooms are delivered complete in the steel boxes
Big steps forward in the construction...
The name AVATAQ is now ready for paint
Trawler Avataq: Scaffolds built up around the ship - soon ready for paint
Trawler Avataq: The propeller being mounted in the nozzle
Trawler Sisimiut: Freezer installations
Trawler Sisimiut: Installation of toilets and showers in the accomodation
The big event in September was the decision of the name for NB319 - now named Trawler Avataq...
NB319 is now Trawler Avataq
NB319 is now Trawler Avataq
Trawler Sisimiut: Work is ongoing in all areas of the ship simultaneously - here is insulation in one part and the crane and antennas on top of the ship
New block ready in the workshop
The coat of arms of Greenland
The coat of arms of Greenland
Two ships are rising...
Trawler Sisimiut August 2018
Trawler Sisimiut: Insulation in the factory
Trawler Sisimiut: Insulation in the cargo hold with foam
Trawler Sisimiut: Welding of the deck in the cargo
Trawler Sisimiut: Installation of the piping for the freezer
NB319: Overview of the vessel in the slipway
NB319: Foundation for main engine
NB319: Control room
NB319: Tweendeck in cargo
NB319: Painting in cargo
NB319: Mount of nozzle
Much progress is seen in the building progress...
Trawler Sisimiut: Overview of the deck
Trawler Sisimiut: Insulation and ventilation work
Trawler Sisimiut: the bridge is taking form...
Trawler Sisimiut: Bridge rooftop
NB319 is beginning to look like a ship sitting in the slipway...
NB319 starting to look like a ship...
NB319: Block being mounted
April showed tremendous progress and it is now really visible in the slipway that two large vessels are under construction...
The bridge is taking form outside the workshop, but will not be mounted untill after the launch
The new combination vessel is seen in front of "Sisimiut" that is now wrapped and being painted...
Overview in the slipway
The next vessel is already taking form in the slipway in front of "Sisimiut". The next vessel will be a combinationtrawler that can switch between prawn fishery and cod/halibut fishery
The controllable pitch propeller arrives
Insulation in the cargo hold
Heavy insulation - built for the Arctic weather conditions
The trawldeck is taking form
She is really taking form now... ready for sandblasting and paint...
From rear end - ready for the controlable pitch propeller delivered by MAN as a complete system together with auxiliary engines, main engine and control system.
Getting ready to installing the propellar
Now the building is really developing, the bow thruster and bulb is mounted, the cargo painted and the fishmeal factory is under construction... exciting times!
Overview from rear end - next step is the fishmeal factory
The fishmeal factory that will utilize all off-cuts from the factory is next step - the fish meal factory equipment will be installed now before the next section is mounted.
Before and after painting the cargo hold
The main engine foundation is ready
The middle section of block 203, the bottom of the engine room, is ready for mounting
The vessel is now so tall that an accomodation ladder is usefull to access the trawl deck
block 203 in the workshop - getting ready for mounting
Part of block 203 - below the engine room
While the bulb is being mounted in the dock, the next block is being prepared in the workshop - this time to extend the vessel to the rear
The bulb is now lifted into place and is being adjusted before the welding can start
Fitting around the bow thruster and making ready for mounting the bulb
The bow thruster is now in place and the fitting of the surrounding block is ongoing
The bottom of the ship is coming together...
Vessels cargo space
The quality of the weldings are of utmost importance...
Lifting sideblock 205 into place
Inspection of the weldings on the side
Inspections are done continuously by DNV GL
The staircase to the factory - also in stainless steel
The first bilge well is taking form in the workshop. The vessel will have 4 bilge wells in each side to keep the factory deck free from water.
Sections coming together in the workshop
Work on the pipes in the fuel tanks
The frame of the meal factory is coming together. The meal factory will produce fish meal based on the off-cuts and residuals from the fish factory.
NB318 seen from front - It's beginning to look like a ship
Follow the construction of the elements and the first mounting..
A block is carefully lifted into the right place...
The extremely heavy steel plates are being cut out in Muruetas facility north of Bilbao and transported carefully by trucks...
Overview of the freezer, main engine, auxiliary engine, control room
The engine room is drawn up in 3D drawings to secure full functionality and a pleasant working environment
The welds are continuosly being inspected and tested by Inspector by both Royal Greenland and external partner DNV GL.
Large pipes for fire oil overflow are being mounted on the side of the ship.... Note the thickness of the steel, 30 mm stell plates are used here. moreover the short distance between the ribs - this is truly ice-class, built for harsh weather...
The sides of the ship is now under construction on the forms. The frame ribs are now being monted on the 30 mm thick steel plates in the ice-belt. These enormous thick plates are what makes the vessel "Ice-Class"
To give the ship the exact form, these big stabilizers are being built place form the steelplates in precisely the right form.
The bottom of the ship is now being built from a enourmous amout of specially designed steelblocks of smaller or larger size
The ship building is off to a great start...
The very first block is being mounted on the keel
Fuel tanks in the bottom of the vessel. The two vessels will exclusively operate on Marine gas oil, this decision reflects the CSR strategy of Royal Greenland and the determination to operate a sustainable business.
First block is coming together in the workshop
Cutting in the workshop
Taking the first steps
In early July 2017 the very first steel was cut and laid out in the slipway, after that the first block was welded in the workshop and by mid August carefully lifted on top...Time:
Design of the vessels
In May 2017 a small model of the vessels was built and the propulsion and stability in water tested in specially designed water tanks.
Testing the water resistance...
The propellar is an exact copy of the real thing - just very small
The model of the vessel was carefully put into the test tank