The Ízata Shipyard in Turkey has started cutting plates for new Norwegian seiner Vikan°y. Image: Ízata Shipyard

The steel cutting ceremony marking the commencement of work on new Norwegian purse seiner/seine netter Vikan°y has taken place at the Ízata Shipyard in Turkey, with the first steel cut and welded for invited guests.

The ceremony was attended by the Ízata Shipyardĺs founder Ozdemir Ataseven and the board was represented by Gokhan Ataseven, with Jon Edvard Johnsen and John Martin Johnsen of Vikan°yĺs operating company Havb°r AS also participating.

The 44 metre LOA, 11.50 metre beam Vikan°y has been designed by Norwegian naval architect NSK Ship Design, and delivery is expected to take place in the summer of 2020.

The new Vikan°y replaces a smaller vessel built in 2011 and it will operate on herring and mackerel as a purse seiner, switching to seine net gear to fish for cod, haddock and saithe. The new vessel will have a processing deck, as well as RSW capacity and the capability of delivering live fish. Much of Vikan°yĺs equipment and systems will be delivered by Norwegian suppliers.

Accommodation is for a crew of up to ten. Vikan°yĺs hull design is optimised for low fuel consumption and operating efficiency.

The new Vikan°y has been designed by NSK. Image: NSK Ship Design