Sustainable fishing with novel trawler series


Ulstein launches a new series of fish trawlers with state-of-the-art ship solutions for sustainable fishing methods and processing. By transferring knowledge, experience and innovation from offshore to fish, one wishes to contribute to developing new solutions.

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The goal is, among other things, more gentle handling of the fish and introduction of environmentally-friendly ship solutions.

Ulstein Group has a long tradition of cooperating with different actors when developing new and innovative ship designs and solutions. On this project, Ulstein has worked closely together with Nordic wildfish. Both companies were established in 1917.

The design series are based on experience gained through field studies and advanced analyses. The unique design, with optimal capacity with regards to quota for efficient and profitable fishing, will make significant improvements in trawler fishing.

“Nordic wildfish has solid experience in trawling and in testing new methods for fishery and market. We both have a history of being innovative and come up with advancing solutions. Through this cooperation we have developed improved and state-of-the art solutions for quality and sustainability in trawl fishery,” says COO in Ulstein Design & Solutions, and Ulstein Group’s Head of the Board, Tore Ulstein.

“We want to turn visions into reality with regards to our EcoFive® project (Eco-friendly fishing vessel). Ulstein’s trawler series is designed to implement solutions for gentle fish catch, effective processing and hydrolysing of the rest of the raw material. This will provide significantly increased sustainability in trawling, better quality, higher efficiency, more earnings and less environmental footprint,” states CEO Tore Roaldsnes at Nordic wildfish.

The X-BOW® platform for coast and sea

The X-BOW® alters the traditional layout of trawler vessel arrangements, and leads to better placement of crew, factory and cargo. The factory is placed on two decks, while all the accommodation is assembled central in the ship. Due to the X-BOW hull line, the fore ship will be efficiently exploited. Ships carrying the X-BOW feature also have less vibrations and pitching, which help to improve the working environment on board and reduce noise in the sea.

Reliable and environmentally conscious

Ulstein has also implemented the latest technology to improve performance and reduce the environmental impact. The vessels in the series have an effective hybrid system which combines batteries with diesel-electric and diesel-mechanical propulsion. The vessels will become more fuel efficient, operate with little noise and will comply to the requirements of the DNV SILENT notation.

The X-BOW® hull increases the loading capacity and operability, minimises movements and reduces wear and tear on hull and equipment as well as reducing the fuel consumption.

About the companies:

Nordic wildfish is headquartered at Valderøya, Norway. The company is an innovator in the fish industry, and is focused on sustainable harvesting and environmentally-friendly production.

Ulstein Group is headquartered in Ulsteinvik, Norway, and is specialised in ship design, shipbuilding, systems and services for the maritime market.

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