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Brunvoll propulsion solution for fishing vessel on the opposite side of the globe

Båtbygg AS has placed an order with Brunvoll for a complete propulsion and manoeuvring solution for Austral Fisheries new longline fishing vessel. The vessel is designed by Marin Teknikk AS for operation in the Antarctic Ocean, surrounded by some of the world’s harshest weather conditions.

Austral Fisheries new longline vessel built by Båtbygg AS.
Design and illustration by Marin Teknikk AS.

The new vessel named “Austral Odyssey” will have a length of 70 meters and a breadth of 14.6 meters. The propulsion and manoeuvring solutions chosen for this vessel consists of a shaft line propeller with a 2-speed gearbox with power take-off(PTO) and power take-in (PTI). The vessel will also feature a tunnel thruster in the aft and retractable combi azimuth thruster in the bow. All the components will be tied together with Brunvoll’s own propulsion and thruster control system, BruCon PTC. This combination will make up a reliable and efficient solution for operating far from land in area called “The Roaring Forties og The Furious Fifties”.

Austral Fisheries owns and operates one of Australia’s largest fleets of fishing vessels. The fleet consists of 18 vessels with different areas of operation and catch. From toothfish in the south, to prawns and tropical reef fish in the north. Austral Fisheries took delivery of the fishing vessel MS “Cape Arkona” from Båtbygg AS in 2020, which also features a complete propulsion and maneuvering solution from Brunvoll.

System overview of Austral Fisheries new vessel, the Austral Odessey. Illustration: Brunvoll AS

We asked Thomas Gjerde, Sales Manager at Marin Teknikk, why this solution from Brunvoll was chosen:

Based on the operational profile, simple as that. The vessel has a very variable operational profile with a lot of transit, fishing operations at low speed, and waiting due to rough weather. The 2-speed gearbox together with the variable speed generator allows for running the controllable pitch propeller at a lower rotational speed with an ideal pitch angle during low-speed operations. This results in a higher propeller efficiency, lower fuel consumption, and reduced emissions. Together with the retractable azimuth combi thruster, it will make a flexible, efficient, and redundant vessel.”

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Vidar Liaskar

Vidar Liaskar

Sales Manager, Brunvoll Volda AS

+47 952 57 129
Arne Tennøy

Arne Tennøy

Senior Sales Manager, Brunvoll AS

+47 916 76 811

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