Rapp Marine said it has received a new order from Odd Lundberg As, marking the third generation of owners from the shipping company who have selected its deck machinery.
“This is the first time the shipping company has selected a high-tech electrical solution,” confirms Morten Stenkjær, VP Sales at Rapp Marine AS. “The owner’s new pride is a combined ring-net and pelagic trawler and will be equipped with a complete electric deck machinery solution
from Rapp Marine. The new building will be optimized for the company's operation.”
Mats Lundberg, who together with his younger brother Stian sail on board as Skipper and Chief Engineer, are both fourth generation fishermen in the family-owned shipping company Odd Lundberg AS, whose history dates back to 1918.
The Lundberg brothers say feedback from their colleagues, who have experience with other types of fishing vessels with electric winches, is that they are smoother in operation and fish better. “Whether this effect is measurable will become apparent when the vessel is operating, but anyway it is an arrow pointing in the right direction, towards the future,” said Mats Lundberg.
He continued, “In the process of selecting equipment, we felt that Rapp Marine was the supplier that satisfied our requirements and had the most innovative solutions. It can also be said of the previous deliveries that Rapp Marine has always been the one who has met our demands at a reasonable price.
“The electrical equipment has lower power requirements, and is more efficient, as the conversion to hydraulics has been eliminated. We hope this will reflect on lower fuel consumption and reduction in emissions of harmful gases. With electric winches we will have better utilization of the energy, as we have re-generation of the energy during
the shooting / towing phases when fishing. This regenerated energy is returned back into the ship’s electrical distribution system and so reduces the load on the main engine.
“It is also reassuring to know that Rapp Marine is continuously working to improve service to its customers,” Lundberg said, “In our industry, we would rather have help yesterday when a problem arises. Therefore, the 24-hour service phone is very important to us.”
“Odd Lundberg AS has chosen Rapp Marine as their third generation supplier,” Stenkjær said, adding “They chose our electrical system as a solution for the future.”
“The latest technology will be used on all the equipment delivered from us aboard this modern vessel built at Karstensen Shipyard in Skagen,” Stenkjær said. “Both Rapp Marine and Odd Lundberg AS have collaborated with the shipyard for many years and now.”
Stenkjær explained that Rapp's hydraulic deck machinery systems
are systems that have been continuously developed over the years in accordance with clear requirements and feedback from the fishing fleet. “When we developed the electrical equipment for the fishing fleet we based the technology on the same experiences, philosophy and reliability that have stood us in good stead over the years,” he said.
Mats Lundberg concluded, “We think Rapp Marine has come up with a structure and design that will work. Design of the equipment is compact and clear in our perceptions. Servicing of the machinery is easy and easy for everyone to get into. There were some initial challenges as to how the system works and is designed, but Rapp Marine has been willing to listen and we have solved this in common.”
The new ship, named Odd Lundberg, is a combined ring-net and pelagic trawler due for delivery in 2019. It will be rigged with both purse seine winches and trawl winches. This is new to the shipping company and will offer a major increase in fishing efficiency, as well as the flexibility to have two uses, both ring-net and trawl.
The ship measures 69.99 x 15.20 meters and features an enclosed working decks giving almost 3 meters of extra free deck space, an enclosed mooring deck and a built-in MOB boat hangar.
The vessel will be delivered with an engine adapted to the company's operating profile, with the option of boosting extra power from the auxiliary motors if necessary.