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Atlantic Dawn Group’s MFV Leila

The 64.65 mtr vessel was designed by the Norwegian naval architects Salt Ship Design. This company is owned by the Sandvik family, who has a long standing relationship with the McHugh Family, having designed all of their new fishing vessels as far back as the first ‘Veronica’ in 1987.

The hull shape for Leila is a new developed hull custom designed for Atlantic Dawn and their operations.

The final hull is a result of several rounds of PDF simulations and model tests.

It is probably the first fishing vessel delivered with a battery package for reduction of greenhouse gasses without any Governmental subsidies. The Leila is able to operate both in traditional mechanical mode and in diesel electrical mode. The batteries have several modes including peak shaving.

This together with all other green technologies implemented in the design meet Atlantic Dawn´s  brief  for a vessel with a low environmental footprint.

The vessel is constructed with a closed in main shelter deck for extra safety and comfort for the crew. The owners also paid extra attention to the wheelhouse design, resulting in a two deck wheelhouse for max visibility from the main steering position and full overview of the working deck from the trawl position.

The vessel will fish with a crew of nine and will be skippered by Kevin McHugh, who is also Director of Fishing Operations in the Atlantic Dawn Group. Arctic Fish will be the agents for the vessel.

Due to covid restrictions the local christening and naming ceremony was held with just family and crew.

Leila Mc Hugh, Daughter of Skipper Kevin and granddaughter of the late Kevin McHugh Sr was on hand to break the traditional bottle of champagne on the bow of the vessel named for her.

Engine Power

The MAN Energy Solutions propulsion package consists of a MAN 27/38 main engine and an Alphatronic 3000 propulsion-control system in combination with a Scanvolda single reduction gearbox and a MAN Alpha single ducted CP propeller.

The proven MAN L27/38 propulsion engine delivers a performance over the entire load range from 2,040 kW to 2,999 kW with quick acceleration and immediate load responses.

A reliable unit, it guarantees a long time between overhauls and no unscheduled maintenance or repair work. The Alphatronic 3000 propulsion control system offers economical operation with optimised engine loads and thrust control, and a speed pilot-feature with GPS interface for various economy-sailing modes with potential fuel savings of up to 4%.

The speed pilot is ideal for maintaining constant ship speed – even in shaft generator mode with varying electrical loading.

Leila is equipped with 950 kw Brunvoll bow and stern tunnel thrusters.

Power for the electrical and hydraulic systems is provided by 2 Cat C32 940 eKW @ 1800 rpm.

Deck Machinery

The trawl machinery on Leila is provided by Karmøy  Winch AS

  • Two netdrums each with pull capacity 83 ton on the first drum layer.
  • Drum capacity for each netdrum is 32 cub. metre.
  • One lifeline winch that has pull capacity on the first drum layer 71 ton.
  • Drum capacity for 800 metre of ø44m dia. spectra rope.
  • Two trawl winches each has drum capacity for 2200 metre of ø36mm dia. wire.
  • Pull capacity for each trawl winch on the first drum layer is 81 ton.
  • One tailend winch with pull capacity on the first drum layer 57 ton.

Karmøy also delivered anchor winches, mooring winches, trawl blocks and aux winches to the Leila plus
a  Karm 4010 computer trawl system and the powerpack for drive of winches and cranes.


Killybegs based SeaQuest Systems  won the contract for the supply of deck cranes and fish pumps and supplied the Cemre yard in Turkey with the following

  • SeaQuest 4t @ 14mtr Knuckle-boom Crane  
  • SeaQuest 5t @ 14mtr Gantry Style Powerblock Crane
  • SeaQuest 5t @ 9mtr Gantry Style Knuckle-boom Crane
  • SeaQuest 24” Fish Pump
  • SeaQuest 2” Hyd. Hose Reel w/ Spooling
  • SeaQuest 20” Pump-Thru Fish hose Reel

Fish Handling is carried out using a MMC First Process  2 x 800 kw  4,200 ltr vacuum pump system with a double separator enclosed by the main deck.

Trawl Gear

Swan Net-Gundry (SNG) were selected as main suppliers of Pelagic Midwater Gear for this new addition to the Killybegs fleet.

The Pelagic Midwater Gear Supplied  included

One Swan 1280 Guider Trawl (Mackerel/Scad) C/W
Guider Concept built into side wing panels for
maximum herding capabilities and
exceptional ground contact with a wider area scope

Two Swan 65 Fast Flow Codends with (DHS)
top rated codend for fish quality.
wider style design & 8 panel construction for strength
Dynice Handle System (DHS) No Rings now preferred by all SNG Customers

SNG also supplied Codend Splitter Ropes.

Thyboron Trawldoor A/S  fitted out the  Leila with a set of  11m2 TYPE 32 BLUESTREAM pelagic trawl doors with hydraulic adjustable foils

K.T. Nets in Killybegs  supplied a wide range of gear  to the Leila which included all Dyneema, Bridles, Messengers, Lifelines  and a vast range of chandlery.

Various Killybegs companies also supplied services and ancillary equipment to Leila including Gangways from MMG Welding, Insurance from D&D Insurance and Safety Gear from Atlantic Marine

Karl McHugh, Atlantic Dawn Group chief executive has expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in the build from design and construction to the delivery of the finished vessel

“This project has taken over four years from the initial design meetings until the final arrival of the ‘Leila’ to her home port and is another step in the ongoing upgrading of the Atlantic Dawn fleet. . We are very grateful to all our employees who have worked so hard to make this project a success,” he said.

Mr McHugh also highlighted the quality and workmanship of local Killybegs companies involved in the project.

The Skipper would like to wish Kevin &  Karl, Families & Crew and all at Atlantic Dawn Group every success with Leila and good fishing for the future.


Barry Electronics Ltd supplied an extensive array of electronic equipment (navigation, fish finding and communication) to Leila, all  installed and commissioned by Barry Electronics Ltd at the Cemre Shipyard in Turkey.

Display system:             BEL Pacific MS-6C Video Matrix Interswitch System.

                                      with 2 control stations.

Main monitors:              4 x 55” 4K Hatteland Tilting monitors

Aft and Overhead:        11 x 26” HD Hatteland monitors                                  

LF sonar:                       Furuno FSV-25S, Low Frequency Sonar.

HF sonar:                      Furuno FSV-75 High Frequency Sonar.

Echo sounder 1:            Simrad ES-80 38/120khz Echosounder.

Echo sounder 2:            Simrad SN90 Forward Looking Sounder

Echo sounder 2:            Furuno FCV-1900 Broadband Echo Sounder.

Echo sounder 3:            Furuno FSS-1BB Fish ID Echo Sounder.

Current indicator:          Furuno CI68 Doppler Current Indicator.

Net monitor:                  Marport M6 Receiver for Trawl Monitoring.

Trawl sonar:                  Simrad FS-70 Trawl Sonar.

Radar 1 (3 cm):             Furuno FAR 2228-X Band Radar.

Radar 2 (10 cm):           Furuno FAR 2238-S band Radar.

Radar 3:                        Furuno DRS6A-NXT Solid State Radar

Ecdis:                            Furuno FMD3200/3100 BB Dual ECDIS.

Plotter 1:                       MaxSea Time Zero Chart Plotter.

Plotter 2:                       Sodena Fishing Win V9

Plotter 3:                       Olex, 3D Bottom Mapping Plotter

GPS 1:                           Furuno GP-170 GPS Navigator

GPS 2:                           Furuno GP-33 GPS Navigator

AIS:                              Furuno FA-170 AIS

Gyro compass:              Simrad GC-80

Satellite Compass         Furuno SC70

Autopilot:                      Simrad AP70 Mk2 Autopilot with Aft AP70 Station.

V-SAT Internet:            BEL VSAT Thor 7 Ka System

Sat-TV system:             Intellian t80-Q Satellite TV System

GMDSS:                       Area A2 GMDSS.

SSB:                              Sailor 6310 MF/HF DSC Radio.

VHFs:                           Sailor 6222 VHF DSC Radio.

                                      2 x Sailor 6210 VHF Radio.

Intercom:                      2 x Furuno LH5000 Loud Hailer System for Fwd and Aft areas.

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