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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...

Taking the first steps

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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...


February 2018

February has been an efficient month in Bilbao despite rain and snow...

The cargo hold

Auxilary engine being mounted

The slip takes shape

Joining of blocks

The massroom being lifted on board...

Preparation of the foundation for the auxilary engine

Growing bit by bit...

Overview of the slipway

While raining in Bilbao, equipment is being installed in dry areas

Looking like a ship...

January 2018

The fillet vessel is now looking like a real ship, and the focus is on installing equipment while also finalizing the hull

Block 202 from the aft

Block 202 almost in place

Ready to fit...

Block 202 in the air...

Ready, set, go....

Block 202 is made ready to be lifted from the workshop and onto the ship. The lift includes turning it upside down...

The foundation for the the engine room and main engine

The nozzle is being installed

Equipment is being installed on site - here the freezing epuipment

Welding the hull

The fillet vessel, NB318, is rising in the slipway - Meanwhile the keel for the prawn fishing trawler has been laid out in front...

A lot of equipment is now arriving to the yard - ready for installation

December 2017

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

November 2017

Now the construction is really going fast and new elements are added daily...

The tunnel for the bow thruster to be mounted in arrives ...

The bilge keel is mounted to reduce the vessels tendency to roll in stormy weather

unloading door is now in place

The front of the ship is now waiting for the bulb to come on

As the vessel is designed to sail in thick ice - so is the bulb - the bulb and the inner plates are made of 30mm steel plates - remark also the weldings...

The bulb arrives from the workshop in the second Murueta Yard - remark the heavy steel construction

Here is the bow of the ship before the bow thruster comes into place

The first bilge well is now being mounted - it is like the rest of the factory level made in stainless steel for optimal hygiene

Remark the solid steel of the keel ...

Ribs being put together in the workshop


The workshop on the yard is busy - three blocks are being built at the same time

Another level has been added

October 2017

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.

Welding machine

The deck is made in stainless steel for optimal hygiene and all weldings here are made with welding machine

Nozzle for the propellar... the propellar has a diameter of 4,5 meter!

The bow-thruster

Welding in the workshop

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

September 2017

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...

Ships curves taking form

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.

Block building

The bottom of the ship is now being built from a enourmous amout of specially designed steelblocks of smaller or larger size

August 2017

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

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

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