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Newbuild ‘Dillon Owen II’

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Paddy O’Sullivan’s new 26 mtr trawler welcomed home to Castletownbere

A flotilla of local boats gathered  last month to give a traditional welcome to the new Dillon Owen II as she arrived to her home port of Castletownbere, West Cork after the long steam home from Denmark

Owner Paddy “Owenie” O,Sullivan guided his new vessel up Berehaven Sound accompanied by his families other boats Owenie Padraig, Velvet Chord II, Tea Rose and Sainte Marie De La Mer.

Dillon Owen II is a 26 mtr Trawler/Seiner designed and delivered by Danish Shipyard Vestværftet ApS  in Hvide Sande.  The hull was built in Szczecin, Poland and towed for outfitting in Hvide Sande.

The vessel replaces the original Dillon Owen built by the same yard whilst giving Paddy the extra option of Seining alongside the Demersal and Pelagic trawling role utilised before.


Engine Room

Dillon Owen II’s main engine is a Caterpillar 3508C supplied by Zeppelin, Esbjerg coupled with a

Hundested CPG-120 Marine gearbox with 3 pcs. PTO, reduction. 11,93:1 driving a Hundested variable pitch diam. 2800 mm Propeller in high efficient nozzle. The Propeller turns at 134 rpm.

The Auxiliary Power and Hydraulic systems are proved by 2 Caterpillar C. 9.3, 312 KVA, 50 Hz engines and a Harbour 40 KVA genset and a  Hydraulic driven 135 KVA generator.


Deck Machinery

The Hydraulic installation was designed and built by Thyborøn Skibs & Motor, Thyborøn

2  x main Seine winches under the main deck

2 x Trawl winches aft of the wheelhouse

2 x. Split net drums with Poclain motors

1 pcs. trawl gantry for moving 2 blocks with hydraulic ram

1 x Codend winch

1 x  45 KW Power pack

1 x Landing crane TMP 1300 L with 1500 kg winch

1 x Autotrawl system


Fish Handling

A complete fish handling system was designed and built by Danish firm Boatech, Hanstholm

The catch can be bagged at the stern or starboard side hoppers and then transported by conveyor to the gutting and washing station where they are graded and delivered to the fishroom by individual chutes. Cooling of the catch begins in the hoppers for maximum quality.

LMK Lemvig fitted out the refrigerated fish room and fresh ice is supplied by 2 x 3000 kg Buus icemakers.

A 90 Kw cooling system was installed for the vessels two RSW tanks.


Trawl Gear

The seining gear on board Dillon Owen II consists of  combination seine rope from VCU Urk and two Danish seine trawls from Nordsøtrawl, Thyboron.

Swan Net Gundry supplied the vessel with  Dyneema trawl warp and whitefish trawls

SNG & KT Nets Pelagic nets will be used for the upcoming Tuna season



A full Electronics package was delivered and installed by Barry Electronics, Killybegs, Ireland. (See below For Details)

Dillon Owen II is fitted with Hundested ST 4 160 HP Bow & Stern thrusters and AS:Scan, Hvide Sande supplied a Scan-Steering MT – 1600 steering system

All outside steel was sandblasted, metallised and painted in Hempel Paint by Vestværftet.

The Deck coverings on working deck and external decks were treated in Degafloor Resin by PBP Services, Peterhead (See Panel)


Speaking to The Skipper  as the Dillon Owen II docked at Dinish Island Pier for the first time, Paddy O’Sullivan said:

” I would like to like to thank my wife Elnora & family, friends  and crewmates for all the support they have given me during this build.”

“Also my gratitude to everyone involved in building and fitting out the Dillon Owen II. Your hard work and professional approach is much appreciated”

“A special Thank You to Noel O’ Regan – Promara who provided valuable assistance and advice during the whole project.”

The Skipper Team would like to offer our congratulations to Paddy and Family and wish them safe fishing and good times with the Dillon Owen II


Electronics Package

Barry Electronics Ltd supplied and installed a complete electronics package to Dillon Owen II

  • Furuno FAR1518 X Band Radar
  • Furuno FAR1513 X Band Radar
  • Furuno FSV35 Low Frequency Sonar
  • Furuno FSV85 Medium Frequency Sonar


  • Furuno FCV1900 Dual Frequency Sounder
  • JRC JFV180 BB Netsounder
  • WASSP F3i Multibeam Echosounder
  • Simrad ES80 Echosounder with C-All Transducer


  • 2 x Sodena Easy Win Plotters 
  • 1 x Max Sea TZ Professional Plotter


  • Simrad AP70 Mk2 Autopliot with AP70 Aft Control 
  • Simrad A2004 Autopilot back up pilot
  • Navitron Watch Alarm
  • Furuno GP170 GPS Navigator
  • Furuno GP33 GPS Navigator
  • Furuno SC70 Sat Compass
  • Furuno FM8900 VHF DSC Radio 
  • Furuno FS1575 MF/HF DSC Radio
  • 2 x Sailor 6210 VHF 
  • Furuno NX300 Navtex
  • Jotron 60S EPIRB 
  • Jotron Tron AIS SART 
  • Icom GM1600E GMDSS Handhelds
  • Victron Battery Charger and Monitor


  • Sailor Fleet One satellite phone
  • BEL VSAT Internet and WiFi 
  • Intellian i6P Sat TV and distribution system


  • 17 x IP Camera CCTV system 
  • Phonetech Intercom
  • Furuno LH5000 loudhailer
  • Propellor Monitoring Camera



PBP Services Provide Certified Degafloor Deck Resin System for New Dillon Owen II

Paddy O’Sullivan is Delighted with the Quality and Standard of Works provided by PBP Services over the recent Danish Holiday Weekend while Shipyard was closed for the holiday weekend.

Immediately on the order being placed for Dillon Owen II, materials were despatched and  extra manpower were  mobilised to join the PBP team already in Thyboron, Denmark painting  on the slipway for another customer.

The 4 layer Degafloor Resin System was applied by long serving experienced employees working long and hard hours over the weekend to ensure no disruptions to the Shipyard workers and Sub contractors working days.

A Quartz Anti slip resin was applied to the complete Trawl Deck and under Net Drums and Net Drum tracks a smother Quartz finish was applied to prevent netting wear and to provide a Durable protective barrier to underlying steel deck from wear down of the  steel plates. 

Food and Drinks Industry certified anti slip Degafloor Resin was also applied to the steering room  and various other rooms as well as the fish processing deck which can be hygienically cleaned and easily maintained  over the longer period with no annual painting required providing cost saving during future refits and tie ups going forward. 

Oil Skin and Changing areas had the Degafloor Decor Fleck System applied to the floors ensuring good underfoot comfort as well as ease of cleaning and a highly decorative appearance achieved. 

Paddy O’Sullivan has worked with PBP Services for many years and commented that he had no hesitation in placing his order and is delighted with the work ethic and quality of works provided by the experienced PBP Team whom he knows from previous fish hold rebuilds and blasting and painting carried out by PBP over 15 years ago. 

He also stated that the Degafloor Resin is the Best  Deck and floor product he could choose for the Dillon Owen II adding that it’s next best to having another layer of steel on top of deck plates which will protect against corrosion and steel wear down. Also the anti slip  crew safety aspect as well as the visual appearance underfoot comfort and strength of the product is second to none.

“it’s great to see the teamwork and organisation of PBP  during installation where there is no room for error and all the team must be on the ball to work quickly before curing starts. The Degafloor Resin cures and dries hard within one hour.”

“I d like to thank PBP for the outstanding services provided just before new build completion as well as  a Big Thank You to Degafloor for Top Quality Products”