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Innovative trawler design keeps its promises
With a few trips now behind it, VinnslustÃ¶Ã°inâ€™s new trawler Breki, delivered earlier this year, has more than met the expectations of both its owners and crew.
The new Brekiâ€™s fishing capacity with its twin-rig trawl gear is equal to the combined capability of the two older trawlers it has replaced, while consuming a third less fuel than either of the older vessels.
â€˜It looks very promising and fuel consumption is less than I had expected,â€™ said skipper MagnÃºs RÃkarÃ°sson, while Breki was steaming home with a capacity trip of 400 tubs of cod, redfish and saithe caught on fishing grounds west of Iceland.
The propellers of the SkipasÃ½n-designed Breki and its sister ship PÃ¡ll PÃ¡lsson are significantly larger than is usual for Icelandic trawlers, and the large propeller is the key to the low fuel usage. During the design process the theory was that a larger propeller turning at low revolutions would produce more power, and could reduce fuel consumption by as much as 40%.
â€˜Experience from Brekiâ€™s initial trips confirms that the propeller design predictions are fully valid. Fuel economy is even better than we had dared to hope,â€™ commented GuÃ°ni Ingvar GuÃ°nason, who manages maintenance of VinnslustÃ¶Ã°inâ€™s vessels and buildings.
WorldFishingToday - 16-08-2018