Antartic Fishing Company, Bygg nr. 458 ved Karstensens Skibsværft, 62.60m Pelagisk Tråler "Antartic"


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#458 – ”ANTARCTIC”

On 17 July 2021, the Irish flag was raised in the mast of newbuilding 458 “Antarctic” ! the youngest members of the McHugh family, Eamon Óg and Gerard Jr were in charge of the flag ceremony, supervised by owners (and grandparents) Teresa and Eamon McHugh.

The hull for “Antarctic” was built by Karstensen Shipyard Poland in Gdynia, and arrived in Skagen in January 2021.

Teresa and Eamon McHugh has headed the family business for 25 years, since starting with the first “Antarctic”, brought from Eamons brother Kevin McHugh. Sons Eamon J and Gerard are also deeply involved in the family business, with Eamon J managing the shore side and Gerard fishing onboard present vessel as skipper.

Antarctic Fishing Company was established in 1987 with the purchase of first “Antarctic”. In 1997 a newly built “Antarctic” was commissioned later being replaced with owners present “Antarctic”. New “Antarctic” will be no 5 vessel in the ownership of Eamon McHugh and his family.

Eamon McHugh is a well-known pelagic fishing personality, who has been fishing for some 40 years, working his way up in the grades over mate on Paula to skipper on own vessel. Eamon will continue skippering the new vessel.

The vessel design, specification and arrangements is a result of an extensive and close cooperation between Owners and Yard, where all details have been tailor made to suit Eamon McHughs exact specifications. Main focus has been set on optimizing working, safety and comfort for the crew, optimizing catch handling- and storage facilities and optimizing of fuel consumption.

New “Antarctic” is based on Karstensen Shipyards highly successful 63m hull model, which has proven characteristics in relation to sea keeping and fuel consumption. KS 63m hulls are in operation in all parts of northern Europe, with one already based in Killybegs, namely “Paula”.

In order to reach above targets, the ship is fitted out with all the newest machinery and equipment, and suppliers have been chosen carefully to match specification and requirements. In particular it is noteworthy, that Killybegs based Sea Quest has supplied the full deck machinery / winch / crane package.

Likewise Killybegs-based KER Group has also been a main contributor to the new vessel, having supplied the full RSW-machinery and vacuum unloading packages.

Both companies have long standing business relationships with Eamon McHugh. But these order represents a first complete supply to Karstensen Shipyard.

Barry Electronics, also of Killybegs, has supplied and installed the complete array of electronics for the new vessel.

The hull is built in steel with two continuous decks; main deck and shelter deck, and with long forecastle- and boat decks. Wheelhouse, boat deck, funnel and masts are built in aluminium.

Hull shape of round bilge construction with bulbous bow and stern skeg, flared stem and transom stern.

Below main deck the hull is subdivided into the following watertight compartments: Forepeak, bow thruster-/sonar room, insulated RSW-tank section with central RSW pump- and manifold room, engine room with main engine connected to reduction gearbox with ducted propeller and aftpeak with fuel- and lub oil tanks.

On main deck the hull is arranged with: Forepeak, electronics room, room for unloading (vacuum) system, trunks for RSW-tanks with centre corridor with RSW-units, accommodation section SB with workshop, exhaust and ventilation trunking and engine control room/switchboard room. All aft/PS hydraulic room with steering gear.

Accommodation on main deck is arranged with 7 1-man and 2 1-officer crew cabins all with en-suite toilet/shower compartments, trim room and corridor and staircase.

In order to create best possible design for low noise, the accommodation is located as far away from the propeller as possible. In addition a number of constructive steps were made, in order to create a low noise level. During trails noise measurements showed levels well below any requirements and recommendations.

On shelter deck arrangement is: Store (1) forepeak, generator room and aft/under forecastle store (2). Abaft forecastle fish receiving deck, with centre deck house with water separator and hatches for the 8 RSW-tanks. In way of hatches, fore deck crane is mounted.

Abaft midship, full width superstructure. Superstructure is arranged with: Deck store, changing room with oil skin drying area, day- and mess room, galley with provision stores and corridor with staircases.

Abaft superstructure trawl deck with 2 net drums. On transome, 2 hydraulic operated stern gates with roller on top are recessed. In front of each stern gate, 3 hydraulic operated guiding poles are fitted. Above-deck tracks for midwater weights are also fitted.

After part of trawl deck PS is arranged as trawl pumping deck, with fish pump, hose reels and tail-end block.

On forecastle deck, anchor winch in dedicated house, together with mooring equipment. Abaft of this, roll reduction tank and forecastle deck.

On boat deck, abaft midship, deck house in centre. Accommodation in deck house with skipper- and mates cabins and instrument room. Room for accommodation ventilation is also incorporated into the deck house. PS funnel with exhaust and ventilation intakes.

All aft boat deck in full width with SB and PS walkways forward. Integrated in aft ship construction and boat deck is also trawl gallow, which accommodates 2 main towing blocks as well as tail- and top line blocks. Net sounding winch is fitted on top of gallow.

Wheelhouse on top of deck house, with 360° view. Funnel with deck for MOB-boat and –crane PS.

All as shown on GA.


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Design principles for main engine / auxiliary arrangement are as follows:

On reduction gearbox, 1 Power-Take-Off, mounted with a shaft alternator, producing 1650 kWe.

To supply additional electric power, the vessel is fitted with 2 auxiliary engines / gen-sets, producing 930 respectively 550 kWe. In addition a harbour set of 122 kW is fitted.

During heaving/shooting operations at fishing, when the winch system is in use, the gearbox PTO will be clutched in, and electric power will be supplied from the shaft alternator. When there is demand for full power on the winch(es), there will normally not be same demand for power on the main engine. Following the main engine will be power source for both propulsion and hydraulic system.

During normal towing, the shaft alternator will/can be disengaged, and the electrical power will/can be supplied by either of the gen-sets.

The 2 gen-sets will be able to connect into main switchboard, controlled by the vessels DEIF Power-Management-System.

Electrical power system is fitted for sliding frequency (60-50 Hz), by means of frequency converters for 400/440 V and clean power static supply/converter for 230 V. This will allow main engine and propeller rpm to be reduced with 17%.

Above designs and systems ensures an economical and safe running profile of the vessel.

Length overall ..............................................62,60 m
Length between PP ........................................55,90 m
Breadth moulded ...........................................12,80 m
Depth main deck ..............................................5,30 m
Depth shelter deck ...........................................7,80 m
Scantling draught .............................................7,00 m
Frame spacing ................................................600 mm
Tonnage ……………………………………1398 GT
Accommodation and outfitting for a total crew of 12.

RSW-tanks ……………………………….1370 cum
Fuel oil ……………………………………260 cum
Fresh water …………………………………50 cum
Forepeak ……………………………………45 cum

Design: Karstensens Skibsværft A/S
Trial speeds / average;
15,7 knots @ 2499 kW
Hull: - built by Karstensen Shipyard Poland, Gdynia, Poland.
Class: DNV-GL +1A Fishing Vessel TMON, hull: Ice-C.

Hydraulic winches: - all supplied by Sea Quest of Killybegs, main system 175-210 bar:
2 x Trawl winches 61,8 t
1 x Topline winch 51,5 t
1 x Tail-end winch 43,6 t
2 x Netdrums 61,8 t
3 x Mooring winches 8,5 t
1 x Anchor windlass 5,0 t
1 x Netsounder winch

Fish pumping: - all supplied by Sea Quest, hydraulic:
1 x Hydraulic hose reel.
1 x Fish hose reel.
2 x Sea Quest fish pumps, 18”.

Deck cranes: - all supplied by Sea Quest, hydraulic:
1 x Fore deck crane, 4 tonnes x 12,0 m.
1 x Power block crane on trawl gallow,4 tonnes x 12,0 m.
1 x Fish pump crane, 4 tonnes x 10,0 m.

HP hydraulics 1: Complete drive system for winches and associated equipment:
4 x 160 kW pump-units, fixed displacement pumps.
2 x 90 kW pump-units, variable pumps.

HP hydraulics 2: Complete drive system fish pumping equipment:
3 x 90 kW pump-units.

Trawl blocks Brdr. Markussen, Blue Line
Anchors & chains AC-14, supplied through Max Fodgaard.

Main engine: MAN 9L27/38, 2499 kW @ 800 rpm.
Propeller plant: MAN VBS940, d3800 mm.
Reduction gearbox: Renk RSVL-900.
Shaft alternator: Cummins AvK, 1650 kW / 2063 kVA.
Auxiliary: 1 x Caterpillar C32, 930 kWe @ 1800 rpm.
1 x Caterpillar C18, 565 kWe @ 1800 rpm
Harbour set: 1 x Mitsubishi, 115 kWe @ 1800 rpm.

Rudder Kongsberg high lift flap rudder.
Steering gear: Kongsberg Tenfjord SR662 – 170 kNm.
Stern thruster: 1 x Brunvoll, 700 kW / 952 HP.
Bow thruster: 1 x Brunvoll, 700 kW / 952 HP.

Starting air compr.: 2 x Sperre HL2/77A.
Fuel oil separator: 1 x Alfa-Laval PA615.
Lub oil separator: 1 x Alfa-Laval PA615.
FO transfer pumps: 2 x Bombas Azcue.
Remote sounding: MCS.
Pumps: Main engine cooling: Bombas Azcue.
Deckwash-, fire- and
bilge pumps: Bombas Azcue.
Hydraulic cooling – and
fish room cooling pumps: Bombas Azcue.
Box coolers: GEA Bloksma (all engines and main components are FW cooled).
Bilge ejectors: Ellehammer.
FW pressure sets: 2 x Bombas Azcue.
Hot water tank: OSO, 200 l/ 2x15kW.
Sewage pumps: 2 x Bombas Azcue.
Sewage vacuum syst: Jets.

RSW-system: 2 x KER, each 800 kW.
Circulation pumps 2 x 600 cum/h
Condenser pumps 2 x 280 cum/h
RSW circulation system with remote operated RSW-valves through KER control system.
Actuators for valves: Eltorque.

Vacuum-system: KER:
3 x 66 kW compressor units.
3 x 2800 l tanks.

MOB-boat: Viking Norsafe Matrix 450.
MOB-boat davit: Viking MDM DAF-160E.
Life rafts: 2 x Viking, 16 pers.
Watermist system: Survitec.
Fire detection: Scana Servoteknikk.

Wheelhouse: Shipyard.
Wheelhouse consoles: El Pro, Norway.
Accommodation: Maritime Montering, Norway.
Furniture: Maritime Montering / Ekornes, Norway.
Wheelhouse chairs: Nor-Sap 1600.
Ventilation plant: LF Ventilation.
Windows: Promap.
Window wipers: Wynn.
Galley equipment: Beha, Norway.
Paint supplier: PPG Sigma – vessel completely sandblasted and hot-zinc sprayed.
Bottom with Sigmaglide, silicone paint.

LED navigation lights: Den Haan.
Search light: Seematz (electric remote controlled).
Tank level controls: Mobrey alarms.
Electrical contractor: KS Elektro.
Power management: Deif Delomatic 4 PMS system.
Main switchboard: ScanTechnic, Denmark.
Vessel is fitted with frequency converter for floating frequencies between 50 and 60 Hz.
Alarm panel: Marine Control Services (MCS).

Extensive array of electronic equipment (navigation, fish finding and communication), all supplied and installed by Barry Electronics of Killybegs.

Main items:
Display system: BEL Pacific MS-6C Video Matrix
Main monitors; 4 pcs 55” Hatteland.
3 pcs 26” Hatteland
12 pcs 32” Neovo.

LF sonar: Furuno FSV-25S, 25 kHz.
HF sonar: Furuno FSV-75.
Echo sounder 1: Simrad ES-80.
Echo sounder 2: Furuno FCV-1900.
Echo sounder 3: Furuno FSS-1BB.
Current indicator: Furuno CI68.
Net monitor: Marport.
Trawl sonar: Simrad FS-70.

Radar 1 (3 cm): Furuno FAR 2228-X.
Radar 2 (10 cm): Furuno FAR 2238-S.
Radar 3: Furuno DRS6A-NXTX
Ecdis: Furuno FMD3200/3100 BB.
Plotter 1+2: MaxSea Time Zero.
Plotter 3: Olex, 3D
GPS 1: Furuno GP-170
GPS 2: Furuno GP-33
AIS: Furuno FA-170
Gyro compass: Simrad GC-80.
Autopilot: Simrad AP70-system.

V-sat communication: Sailor 600 KA
Sat-TV system: Intellian t80-Q TVRO
GMDSS: Sailor equipment for A2 navigation.
SSB: Sailor 6310.
VHFs: Sailor 6222 DCS.
2 x Sailor 6210.
Infrared camara: Flir M364C

Autotrawl system: Sea Quest.
ME remote control: MAN Alphatronic 3000.
Intercom: Phontech 3102.
Fuuruno LH5000.