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Wesmar Introduces New Catch Sensors


Wesmar, a U.S. manufacturer of sonar equipment, has introduced its new line of trawl sonar catch sensors. ‘They are the fastest and most powerful on the market,” said Dennis Soderberg, WESMAR’s Vice President of the Electronics Division.   The Model CS20 WESMAR catch sensors work with the highly popular WESMAR TCS780 and TCS380 trawl sonar systems. Up to six catch sensors can be used on the cod end of a WESMAR system. Numbers 1-4 are compatible with other trawl systems. The catch sensors measure the fill rate of the trawl indicating when the code end is full so the catch can be hauled in at the appropriate time. Catch sensors eliminate the problems caused by overfilling the trawl and improve catch efficiency and quality.   Known throughout the world for its innovative and advanced fishing sonar, WESMAR is no stranger to the needs of fishermen and has worked for several years to perfect a system that reliably measures the fill rate of the trawl and alerts the wheelhouse when the net is full, saving them thousands of dollars in potentially lost catch and/or damaged nets. Wesmar released several features that set their catch sensors apart from other eggs.   They transmit at the highest power on the market. No signal delay. Once triggered the catch sensors send five signals, 5 seconds apart, alerting the wheelhouse instantly

Construction of Marine Science Vessels Up

By Larry Pearson Marine science is making great strides forward due in large measure to several new vessels that have delivered recently and others under construction Headlining this news is the Oscar Dyson, the first of four vessels loaded with scientific gear that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is having built at VT Halter Marine, Pascagoula, Miss. The first vessel was completed in September of 2004 and as the Oscar Dyson was being completed

Fishing Vessel Sinks Following Collision

Fishing Vessel Sinks Off Shetland Following Collision The Shetland Coastguard received a distress call from the fishing vessel Harvester, 73 miles South East of Sumburgh reporting that they were in need of urgent assistance following a collision with the supply vessel Strilmoey. Shetland Coastguard made radio contact with both vessels from the collision and the transfer of the crew was arranged by bringing alongside the sister

New Engines for Muir Milach

Muir Milach

Built in 1979 at the Mid Coast Marine shipyard, the 103 by 26-foot F/V Muir Milach has earned a fine reputation amongst the mid-water trawl fleet. An early adapter in the Alaska Pollock and cod quota fishery, the vessel has been a consistent producer. Currently an important component of the family-owned Aleutian Spray Fisheries fleet she has been well maintained. In January 2014 she was fitted with updated sonar equipment

Hydroacoustic Package for Norwegian Icebreaker

Photo courtesy of Kongsberg

The new RV Kronprins Haakon, the first Norwegian Icebreaker built for Polar research, and the first purpose built polar research vessel since Roald Amundsen’s Maud launched in 1917, will start regular science cruises in 2017 with a complete hydroacoustic systems package from Kongsberg Maritime. Builder Fincantieri has selected a combined delivery of Kongsberg Maritime survey technology, including a wide range of Simrad scientific research systems for the Kronprins Haakon

Vard to Build Stern Trawler for Canadian Client

Image: Vard

Vard Holdings Limited has secured a contract worth approximately NOK 350 million for the construction of one stern trawler for a new Canadian client.    The ice-classed vessel will be 79 meters long, 16.6 meters wide and is of Rolls-Royce NVC 374 design. Developed for shrimp trawling in the harsh environments of the North Atlantic, it also features an on board shrimp processing plant.   Delivery is scheduled from Vard Aukra in Norway in the fourth quarter of 2016

Derecktor Delivers Fisheries Research Vessel

The State of Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife took delivery of First State to replace its current Fisheries Research Vessel (FRV), a 100-year-old converted wooden sailboat. The new 62 ft. (19 m), designed by Nigel Gee & Associates, was built by Derecktor in aluminum with a hard chine hull. The resiliently-mounted pilot house provides low noise levels. Behind the house, the ample aft deck has been fitted with swinging A-Frame and cargo boom, net reel, trawl winches

NAVSEA Technicians Locate Lost Fishing Vessel

Technical specialists with NAVSEA's Naval Underwater Warfare Division, Keyport recently helped the U.S. Coast Guard to locate the sunken fishing vessel Arctic Rose that disappeared in the Bering Sea on April 2, with all 15 crew members aboard. Three Keyport personnel recently returned after completing a project supporting the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS). The technicians returned from 42 days in the Bering Sea and Bristol Bay

Royston Completes Overhaul of P&O Ship Engines

P&O Southern Supporter.jpg

Diesel technology specialists from Royston Australia completed a three-week overhaul of the engines of the P&O Southern Supporter while it was docked in Henderson Fremantle, Western Australia. The project required the eight-man Royston team to work 24 hours a day, seven-days a week to service and re-build the ship’s three Cat 3516 engines. This included a complete strip-down of the engines, replacing the main bearings, overhauling the cylinder heads

Rapp Hydema Hauls in the Research Vessel Market

Johann Sigurjonsson and Scott Atkinson of Rapp Hydema receiving award at OTC

Rapp Hydema has been supplying deck machinery to research vessels since 1977, but this global market recently became especially significant for the group. In 2002, in what would be a watershed project, Rapp Hydema was chosen to outfit the NOAA Fishery Survey Vessel (FSV) Oscar Dyson class of vessels. The first four ships in the class were being constructed at VT Halter Marine Shipyard. “That NOAA research vessel contract provided us with excellent exposure

Greeks Despair over Drowned Refugees

 * Thirty-four drown, including 15 children  * Coastguard rescues 1,429 migrants in three days  * Figures show Greece is main refugee gateway to Europe   Greek divers trawled the Aegean Sea on Monday for survivors of the country's worst maritime accident involving refugees

MAN 32/44CR Engine for Trawler Newbuild

Image: MAN Diesel & Turbo

Voyager Fishing Company, Ltd., based in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland, has ordered a new trawler/purse seiner, designed by Salt Ship Design in Norway and to be built at Karstensens Skipsværft in Skagen, Denmark.   The newbuilding will be powered by a propulsion package comprising a MAN

Billions of Juvenile Fish under Arctic Ice

Using a new net, marine biologists from the Alfred Wegener Institute have, for the first time, been able to catch polar cod directly beneath the Arctic sea ice with a trawl

  Using a new net, marine biologists from the Alfred Wegener Institute have, for the first time, been able to catch polar cod directly beneath the Arctic sea ice with a trawl, allowing them to determine their large-scale distribution and origin

New Research Vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Image: JMS Naval Architects

JMS Naval Architects will complete the Contract Design Package next month of a 93-foot research vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science to replace its current research vessel, R/V Bay Eagle. A solicitation will be issued to shipyards by the end of the year.  

Seaonics Secures Equipment Package Contract

Photo courtesy of Vard

Vard Holdings Limited, through its specialized subsidiary Seaonics, has secured a large equipment contract for a vessel under construction at Fincantieri S.p.A.   Based in Ålesund, Norway, Seaonics designs and manufactures offshore handling equipment to improve all critical lift and

Netherlands Government Charters Research Vessel

Photo courtesy of Cefas

The RV Cefas Endeavour has commenced an 18-day charter to the Government of the Netherlands organizations Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) and the Institute for Marine Resources & Ecosystem Studies (IMARES), with local mobilization in Scheveningen (Netherlands).  

Greenland Builds New Research Vessel

Photo courtesy of Greenland Institute of Natural Resources

Greenland has an intense interest in maritime research and survey for the near coastal waters, thanks in part to a growing seafood sector, an extensive coastline and some 250 different species of fish. To meet the nation’s emerging need, Greenland had a fine 32

SCR Systems Chosen for Newbuild Trawlers

Graphic representations of the Nautic wetfish trawler design for HB Grandi. Each vessel will be powered by an MAN six-cylinder L27/38 unit, accompanied by a four-bladed, 3.8-metre, ducted MAN Alpha VBS 860 propeller (Image courtesy of HB Grandi/Nautic)

Three wetfish trawlers being built for Icelandic fishing company HB Grandi will feature MAN SCR Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system in addition to MAN main engines. MAN Diesel & Turbo states that the system will enable the trawlers’ IMO Tier II-compliant engines to fulfill the IMO

Naust Marine Wins Huge Winch Order

VSV’s new F/V Breki (graphic depiction courtesy of Skipasyn)

58 electric winches for two new fishing trawlers   Hradfrystihusid Gunnvor (HG) and Vinnslustodin (VSV) recently awarded Naust Marine contracts to provide a complete suite of electric winches for their newbuild trawlers. Naust will supply no less than 29 winches per vessel

New Trawler for Argentine Family

Photo courtesy of Alan Haig-Brown

With 4,989 kilometers of Atlantic coastline, Argentina looks to commercial fishing as an important contributor to the Argentinian economy. The promotion of the maritime resources is dependent on quality boats capable of delivering quality product.   

Wärtsilä Propulsion for New Fishing Vessel

The new fishing vessel will feature an integrated Wärtsilä propulsion solution including main engine, controllable pitch propeller and gearbox. (Image: Simek, Skipsteknisk)

A new fishing vessel being built by Simek AS in Norway on behalf of the U.K. operator Antares (Whalsay) Fishing Company Ltd, will feature an integrated Wärtsilä propulsion solution including main engine, controllable pitch propeller and gearbox.  

Researchers Prepare Oceanic Trash Clean-Up Plan

Researchers returned on Sunday from mapping and sampling a massive swirling cluster of trash floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, as the Dutch-borne crew works to refine a clean-up strategy it will roll out globally. The crew of the Ocean Cleanup, backed by volunteers in sailboats

Miss Berdie Gets a Makeover

The new Miss Berdie maintains her graceful lines.

 When she came into the Fred Wahl shipyard in Reedsport, Oregon, the Miss Berdie was a fine looking boat with a bright red hull. When she left the yard this summer she was still a fine looking red vessel but bigger and better. After taking the 77 by 27.8 by 11

Comprehensive Winch Outfitting for New Trawlers

HB Grandi’s F/V ENGEY, courtesy of NAUTIC

Fishing company HB Grandi of Iceland recently awarded Naust Marine a contract for complete winch outfitting of three new 180 ft. fishing trawlers.   The contract, of record size for the winch supplier, will see Naust provide no less than 20 electrical winches per vessel

Wärtsilä Propulsion for Norwegian Fishing Vessel

The new fishing vessel for Halstensen Granit AS will feature a complete Wärtsilä propulsion solution for efficient and reliable operation

   A new factory trawler fishing vessel being built for Norwegian marine trawling operator Halstensen Granit AS is to feature a complete Wärtsilä propulsion solution. The vessel is under construction at the Tersan yard in Turkey and the Wärtsilä equipment is

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