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Barend from Harlingen
15th December 2007, 12:02
The number of Dutch beam-trawlers will be further reduced, since the last decommission-round of 2005. This is mainly due to quota and fuel-prices. As it seems now, twenty-four of these vessels have been entered for the decommission-round of this year:

Twelve from Urk (UK)
Three from Den Helder (DH)
Two from Goedereede (GO)
Two from Flushing (VLI)
Two from Arnemuiden (ARM)
One from Ouddorp (OD)
One from Katwijk (KW)
One from Yerseke (YE)

The relative high number of "Urkers" is due to the fact that only a few of them did participate in the decommission- round of 2005, assuming that fuel-prices would go down again. Unfortunately, this did not happen.

When I am writing a contribution like this, I am using http://visserijnieuws.punt.nl/?id=366928&r=1 as a source. However, any mistakes in intepretation or translation are my responsibility only!

Barend from Harlingen
15th December 2007, 21:30
The Dutch ministry of agriculture has a budget of 30 million euro (20 million pounds) for this decomission-round. One million euro of this amount is set aside for the crewmembers of these vessels.

Only when the vessel is sold or scrapped, money from the ministry will be transferred to the owner. Selling is only possible if the vessel will not be used for commercial fishing anymore. The receiver of the premium will be responsible in case the new owner would be using the vessel for this purpose!
The money received from selling the ship, will be substracted from the decommission-premium.

It is rather difficult to sell a beam-trawler like these for non-fishing purposes. With a lenght of 40 metres (120 feet approximate) and an engine of 2000 HP, it is not quite a pleasure-craft:D

Barend from Harlingen
16th December 2007, 21:39
It looks like there are three important reasons to decommission a beam-trawler:

The first reason are the high fuel prices. A beam-trawler burns in a fishing-week almost 35 tonnes of fuel. With a price of, lets say, 450 per ton (about 300), this makes 15,750 (10,500). You have to catch a lot of fish then to play even with your fuel consumption only. Put on top of that the costs of wages, maintenance, writing-off, harbour-fees, etc., and it becomes quite difficult to make some profit.

The second reason is the plaice-quota. This quota is reduced by ten percent every year in the coming years, according to a plaice-recovery-plan.

The third reason is the market for plaice. There has to be a regular supply of plaice, otherwise a wholesale merchant will look around for another species to replace it. And there are alternatives, sometimes cheaper! Because of this, the price of plaice is under pressure.

As a source I have used this article:
However, mistakes in translation and intepretation are my responsibility only.

Barend from Harlingen
20th December 2007, 22:12
The following beam-trawlers from Urk have entered this decommission-round:

UK-33 "Willempje Hoekstra" 1986 / 40,73 m / 1973 HP
UK-44 "Morgenster" 1986 / 45,68 m / 3527 HP
UK-52 "Peter" 1988 / 40,28 m / 2958 HP
UK-67 "Sola Gratia" 1982 / 43,09 m / 1970 HP
UK-68 "Vrouwe Marretje" 1989 / 39,53 m / 1973 HP
UK-104 "Neeltje" 1987 / 45,02 m / 3216 HP
UK-133 "Aaltje Jacoba" 1989 / 40,73 m / 1973 HP
UK-156 "Hermina" 1988 / 45,02 m / 3216 HP
UK-202 "Mattheus" 1980 / 36,51 m / 1774 HP
UK-226 "Prins Willem" 1982 / 40,82 m / 1971 HP
UK-237 "Grietje Bos" 1981 / 39,13 m / 1967 HP
UK-383 "Harmen Post" 1990 / 41,78 m / 1973 HP

Some of the beam-trawlers in this list:

Barend from Harlingen
18th March 2008, 06:41
All 23 Dutch beam-trawlers that are decommissioned will be scrapped within three months. Twelve will be scrapped at Ghent (Belgium), five in The Netherlands and six at Grena (Denmark). Some are already scrapped.

The scrapyard of Van Heygen Recycling at Ghent is very interested in the main- and auxillary engines of these vessels. The engines of Dutch fishing vessels are usually very well maintained, according to a spokesman there.

Also at scrapyard Fornaes in Grena all engines and equipment are removed for the second-hand market.

In The Netherlands most vessels will be scrapped at scrapyard Treffers in Haarlem. However, one will be scrapped at the modern scrapyard of Reitsma Recycling at Kootstertille, here in Friesland.