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Scottish Skipper Expo 2022 exhibitor, Astilleros de Murueta, has forged a successful relationship with renowned fisheries company, Royal Greenland.

Despite the significant negative impact of the pandemic, Astilleros de Murueta delivered in 2021 the third factory trawler “Nataarnak” to Royal Greenland, which was christened in the town of Sisimiut.

This fruitful relationship between Astilleros de Murueta and Royal Greenland began in 2016 with the contract of the first two fishing vessels, “Sisimiut” and “Avataq”.

In January 2022, the fourth trawler, “Tuugaalik”, was launched with her delivery scheduled for the first quarter of 2023. The vessels are built to the specifications of the Norwegian technical office Skipsteknisk ST118 (“Sisimiut”) and ST119 (the other three vessels).

The key features of the vessels are an overall length of 82.3m, breadth 18.0m and a draught of 7.0m. There is 120 tonne/day processing factory and a 2,950 cubic meter refrigerated fish room. Accommodation is for a crew of up to 30, with the vessels featuring 7,200 KW diesel-powered propulsion. The vessel decks are laid out with electrically operated machinery, including four 45-tonne permanent magnet winches, enabling the new trawlers to operate with three trawls, managed via a Scantrol control system.

The vessels delivered are breaking catch records in Royal Greenland which makes Astilleros de Murueta optimistic about the possibility of continuing with new contracts for these types of ships, either for Royal Greenland or for other shipowners in northern Europe.