A TRAWLING company has placed an order for the biggest vessel built for English owners in 14 years – and it is to be constructed in its home port of Whitby.
Parkol Marine Engineering has been commissioned by Lockers Trawlers to construct the whitefish vessel, which will be christened Our Lass III.
With a registered length of 23.95m and 8m of beam, the fully shelter-decked vessel will feature the latest hull and propulsion technology and will become Parkol Marine’s biggest-ever build.
Our Lass III will feature a totally new hull form and centerline package that has been developed through a evaluative programme of optimisation tests to meet the owners’ specific requirements in terms of carrying capacity, speed, seakeeping and fuel efficiency.
Arnold Locker, managing director of Lockers Trawlers Ltd, said: “When the opportunity arose to consider replacing Our Lass II, the consistently successful performance of which paved the way for the new build, we decided to take it.
“Two years of work have already gone into this build, which shows the amount of research and development work that has already gone into the project behind the scenes.
“Rather than being a new boat per se, Our Lass III is one part of a full ancillary package that includes catch marketing, quota management and a very experienced and loyal crew, led by skippers James Locker and Steven Veart.
Skipper James Locker added: “With constant changes in fishing opportunities, particularly in relation to quotas for some of our main species, being able to operate with optimum levels of practical efficiency and financial viability is of paramount importance.
“By investing in new cutting edge new technology, naval architect Ian Paton of SC McAllister & Co and Parkol Marine lead from the front in terms of delivering highly efficient vessels built to the highest standards.”
Our Lass III will feature a triple Mitsubishi engine package.
This will include a S6R2 propulsion unit, SLBA3 electrical/hydraulic auxiliary engine and a 6016 genset.
Fuel capacity will be 25,000 litres, some of which will be carried in double bottom fuel tanks under the floor of the fishroom, which will have a working capacity of some 1,150 boxes.
Rapp Ecosse UK of Peterhead will supply the trawler’s full deck machinery package.
This will include three 15t split trawl winches, two of which will be mounted on the shelterdeck aft of the wheelhouse.
A third winch, fitted with larger diameter flanges for use when pair-seining, will be located forward on the main deck.
Two net drums will be positioned as customarily on the quarter.
A 5t bagging winch will also be mounted on the starboard side of the trawl gantry.
Parkol director Jim Morrison said: “It’s good news for Parkol as it secures jobs for the yard for the next 12 months.”
Our Lass III will be the fourth new trawler Parkol Marine has built for Lockers Trawlers since 1999 when the 18.25m Rebecca WY 790 was launched.
The similar sized Our Lass WY 797 was completed the following year, before being replaced in 2007 by the 21.5m Our Lass II WY 261, which earlier this year moved to Ireland after being bought by Ivan and Eamon Wilde of Skerries.
Our Lass III is scheduled to be delivered in the spring of next year.