THE Shetland pelagic fleet is set for further expansion with the arrival of three replacement pelagic trawlers this year.
First in line is the Adenia (LK 193) being built at the Astilleros Zamakona yard near Bilbao, which had its first dealings with Shetland with the building of the white fish trawler Sunbeam in the 1990s
Adenia, being built for the Adenia Fishing Company, is expected to arrive in August and has been designed by Salt Ship Design of Norway.
The 69.9m long RSW (refrigerated sea water) tank ship has a beam of 15.6m and is powered by a 5,400 kW main engine and an RSW capacity of 2,200 cubic metres.
The following month the 75.4m long replacement Zephyr (LK 394) should be arriving in the isles for Zephyr Fishing Company Ltd.
The 15m beam Zephyr is being built at Larsnes Mek. Verksted in Norway and is powered by a 6,900 kW main engine and has an RSW tank capacity of 2,500 cubic metres.
The vessel is designed by Skipsteknisk AS and her hull was built in Poland before being towed to Norway for finishing.
Third in line is the Charisma (LK 362) which is planned for delivery in November.
Charisma is being built at Karstensens Skibsvaerft in Denmark for Charisma Fishing Company. She is of 75m overall length and 15.3m beam and was designed by the shipyard’s own team.
The vessel is powered by a 7,200 kW main engine and has an RSW capacity of 2,350 cubic metres.
These vessels add to the already impressive Shetland fleet which was strengthened last year with the addition of the Serene (LK 297) and the Research (LK 62).