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Tuesday, June 9, 2020 

The Spanish Albacora Group, which is said to operate the largest tuna fishing fleet in the EU, recently commissioned a new Schottel-powered fishing vessel built at Vigo-based shipyard Astilleros Armón.

Galerna Lau is equipped with a Schottel 4m diameter controllable pitch propeller (SCP) type SCP 109 4-X, featuring an input power of 6,000kW, which will enable it to reach a 20 knot maximum speed. The vessel, designed by Armón/Cintranaval, will be used to catch tuna in the Atlantic Ocean..

Due to the adjustable propeller blade pitch, SCPs are suited for a wide range of operations, such as manoeuvring, berthing, and casting or hauling nets. This means the operator not only benefits from a high degree of efficiency, but also lower operating costs and reduced fuel consumption as a result. Furthermore, the controllable pitch propellers have an impressively long service life due to low maintenance requirements.

The Galerna Lau, with a total length of 95.1m and a width of 14.8m, is believed to be the largest vessel built for Albacora in recent years. With its 3,700 gross tonnage, the vessel is the third ultra-freezing project that Astilleros Armón has constructed for the Spanish owner. Albacora, which catches skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna, operates a fleet of 19 purse seiners in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans.

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