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Wednesday, December 18, 2019 

Belgian family fishing company Rederij Long Ships has contracted Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam to build a new 38m Beam Trawler, to a new Maaskant design BT3808 that the shipyard has modified to realise a 12% increase in bollard pull during trawling.

Damen Maaskant has designed the new vessel, Z91 Franson, within the maximum length and gross tonnage permitted by the Belgian Maritime Inspectorate. Furthermore, the shipyard has carried out research with propeller developer and manufacturer SIP Marine with the aim to realise fuel consumption reductions in relation to current hull forms working in the Belgian fishing fleet. This study has resulted in a 12% increase in bollard pull used during trawling.

Rederij Long Ships owner Eddie Cattoor said: “We had been looking forward to a new vessel for some time. And now the time is ripe. Fish prices and quotas are satisfactory, the oil price is reasonable and our current vessel is ready for replacement. In short, a good time to invest. We have complete confidence in Maaskant and expect them to build a perfect vessel for us.”

The new vessel is set to replace Rederij Long Ships’ current beam trawler, the Z90 Francine. Rederij Long Ships intends to continue its current operations, fishing year-round in North Sea and Skagerak waters, in addition to the summer season in the Bay of Biscay, with the new vessel.

Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam commercial manager Jeroen van den Berg said: “We are honoured with the trust placed in us by the Cattoor family. With this new vessel, their company and its successors are ready for the future.”

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