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Sisimiut is the first of two new Skipsteknisk-designed trawlers to be delivered this year for Royal Greenland by Astilleros de Murueta. Image: Ast. de Murueta

Royal Greenland has taken delivery of its new factory trawler Sisimiut, built at the Astilleros de Murueta yard in Spain, the first of two new trawlers to be built for the company this year.

Partner trawler Avataq, with slightly different dimensions and built as a dedicated shrimp trawler, is approaching completion and will be delivered later this year. Both of Royal Greenlandís new trawlers are built to designs from Norwegian naval architect Skipsteknisk, and they replace a pair of older vessels that have both gone to Icelandic companies.

The former Sisimuit (originally Arnar) has been sold to GrindavŪk company ThorbjŲrn, while Qaqqatsiaq has been sold to Reyktal and will operate under a Baltic flag.

The new Sisimiut has an overall length of 82.05 metres with a 17 metre beam and is laid out as a twin-rig trawler with three electric trawl winches.
The main engine is a MAN 9L32/44CR developing 5400kW at 750rpm, to drive a 4500mm diameter controllable pitch propeller at 117rpm via gearbox with a 6.14:1 reduction, delivering a healthy 15 knots on sea trials. There are several propulsion modes, including a Take Me Home option. MAN delivered the entire propulsion package, as well as the 6L21/31 auxiliary engine delivering 1254kWe. In addition there is a 163kWe Caterpillar 7.1 auxiliary set.

Brunvoll supplied the 500kW FU63LTC1750 bow and stern thrusters.

Accommodation on board is for a crew of up to 43.

Sisimiut is built to operate as a factory filleter trawler, with a highly automated full factory deck laid out with a pair of Baader 190 filleting machines and four automated freezers. The factory can freeze around 85 tonnes per day and the fishmeal plant can cope with 50 tonnes per day of raw material.

The upper fishroom has a 900 cubic metre capacity for 458 pallets, while the lower 850 cubic metre fishroom can hold 420 pallets. An upper meal store has a 260 cubic metre capacity and the lower meal store measures 250 cubic metres.

Sisimiut sailed from the Murueta yard and made its first call at HafnarfjŲrūur in Iceland to pick up its Vůnin fishing gear.