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Back in March we had over 145 companies from 14 different countries all booked up to see you at Irish Skipper Expo in Limerick. Over the next few weeks we will focus some of these exhibitors for you.

You can always find a full listing with contact details of each exhibitor in your showguide also. https://theskipper.ie/irish-skipper-expo/ 


Production Underway for Innovative White Fish Trawler

After considerable development, the new design 16.49m registered white fish trawler is underway for Ian Mackay of Kinlochbervie. At 19.7m overall, the third vessel to be named “Loch Inchard” is maximising the length available from the recent change in registered length formula.

Designed by Glasgow based naval architects Marine Design International Ltd (trading as MDI Napier), the vessel’s design ethos is derived from the successful Napier designs of the “Oruna” and “Demarus”. While heavily modernised for increased gear, power and capacity as well as regulatory compliance there was a drive to maintain the easily driven hull and surprisingly high bollard pull demonstrated in her predecessors.

During the design development, two computational fluid dynamic (CFD) systems were used to optimise the underwater hull shape which was married with the owners’ experience and preferences for the deck and gear layout, with consideration of crew comfort and safety as well as efficient fishing operations.

The forward engine room will be noted as a departure from recent trends and while it comes with some compromises in machinery space and exhaust routing it is fundamental to the clean hull lines aft, and the reduction of trim throughout the voyage, so that the carefully considered hull continues to perform when loaded, hopefully to a deep draught.

The crew accommodation is well separated from the machinery reducing noise while still giving easy access to the aft deck and processing shelter through a hanging and changing area. A separate skipper’s cabin with private shower room maximises privacy and uninterrupted rest.

Steel is now in production for build at C Toms & Sons of what is hoped to be a vessel offering a progressive step in comfort and efficiency while maintaining class-topping capacity.