Thai Fisheries Research Vessel

Monday, January 21, 2008
Khun Somwong Meepoon, managing director of Prakarn Kolkarn Shipyard Ltd. of Samut Prakarn has built many types of boats. These include dredgers, fishing boats and, a couple of years ago, a classic seven-meter teak and takien wooden launch for Thailand's Crown Prince. In January, the ISO 9001 certified yard was crowded with steel dredgers and a pair of wooden fishing boats all in for maintenance and repairs. In position near the shipyard’s office the framing of a new hull sporting an elaborate garland of flowers honored the historic power of the bow stem on a Thai vessel.

This new boat taking shape in a well respected yard is special as it will sever the Thai Department of Fisheries in research to assess fish stocks in Thai waters. At 23.5 by 6 meters, it is the size of many work-a-day Thai fishing boats but it has a relatively small fishhold and extra accommodation spaces for crew and researchers in the deck house and 3.25-meter deep hull. As for a great many of its commercial fishing cousins, the new research vessel will be powered by a single 600 hp Cummins KTA19 M3. Electrical power for the vessel will be provided by a Cummins 6BT5.9 DM powered 80 kW generator set. Trawl door davits will be mounted on the stern quarters and a fish-hold will be built into the after deck. Delivery is slated for later this year.

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