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...
Wow! Now the fishing vessel really start to look like a Royal Greenland vessel! The highlight in May was the succesfull launch of "Sisimiut" - a touching moment where the 3500 tonnes of steel really became a ship, by elegantly floating from the slipway to the water...
The bridge for Sisimiut is under construction...
NB319 in the slipway
No time to rest - Next vessel on the rise... (NB319)
After the launch of Sisimiut, the combination trawler now has more space in the slipway, and is rising significantly...
After the launch at the quay. The building of the vessel will now continue while in the water - next steps are to lift the heavy main engine, the fish factory equipment and the fishing gear on board.
See when the 3500 tonnes vessel is launched to the water for the very first time... A very touching moment, writing Royal Greenland history...Time:
Before the launch
Ready for launch...
The rear view...
The block for the main engine is ready in the bottom of the ship... several floors down
Seen from the rear
A large box has been mounted on the back of the vessel to secure the buoyancy when the ship is launched
Sisimiut is now painted first time - and start looking like a Royal Greenland vessel
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
March was full of progress for the vessel NB318, and also the month where the keel was laid out for the next vessel NB319 - the new Sisimiut...
The draught marks are chiselled into each side. The marks show the vessels draught.
The next vessel, NB319, is starting to rise in front of NB318. NB318 will be a prawn trawler.
The template for the logo is made ready
Preparing before mounting of the steering maschine
A view into the factory
Fishery licence number - the next Sisimiut
Great to se how the construction is coming along...
Deck controlroom is beeing liften onboard
Preparing for the sterntube mounting
Mounting the chute
Cables and hoses - it looks like a mess but it's all under control
At the same time the stern is finalized
Finalizing the stern post in the workshop
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...
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
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
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
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.
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!
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
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