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Falklands squid catcher from Spanish yard
The Nodosa yard at MarÃn in Spain has launched a new factory trawler designed to operate mainly on squid in Falklands Islands waters.
The 67m LOA, 12m beam Stanley-registered Monteferro has been built for joint venture company Kalamar, owned by Falklands and Spanish interests. It replaces the companyâ€™s older Kalatxori and will split Kalamarâ€™s share of the quota with the companyâ€™s other trawler, Castelo.
Monteferro is designed by Nodosa to Kalamarâ€™s requirements for good fuel economy with a 2400kW MaK main engine, and comfort, hence the semi-inverted bow that is expected to reduce pitching and to make the trawler a better working platform.
Deck equipment is an all-electric Ibercisa package with 35 tonne trawl winches controlled using a Scantrol iSYM system, a 16 cubic metre net drum and four sweepline winches.
The factory deck has eight blast freezers with a 67 tonne per day production capacity and Monteferro has a 1340 cubic metre refrigerated fish hold.
The primary target species is loligo squid, destined mainly for Spanish and Italian markets, as well as some illex squid and hake.
Monteferroâ€™s design takes in the latest ILO requirements for comfort and safety on board, some of which proved a challenge during the design process. The accommodation for the 44-strong crew consists mainly of two-berth cabins, although to manage to keep the ship within the 1499gt limitation, there are a few with four berths. The tonnage is a key point, as going beyond 1500gt would have put Monteferro in a bracket that would have cost crucial days at sea in the Falklands zone.
Look for the full report on Monteferro in the November Hook and Net in a week or two.
WorldFishingToday - 07-11-2017