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Visitors at this year’s Scottish Skipper Expo will have the opportunity to witness the scale model Thyborøn Trawldoors Bluestream doors first hand, with the team showcasing 3D videos of the product in action and providing expert information.

In co-operation with fishermen and technical experts from the leading flume tanks in the world, Thyborøn Trawldoor continues to improve and develop their trawl door designs, culminating in the recent launch of their new fully controllable Bluestream controllable trawl doors on the market.

Since their launch, interest has soared, with more than 20 vessels from Denmark, USA, Sweden, Scotland, Norway and Iceland having taken delivery of the TYPE 32 bluestream doors as manual controllable, hydraulic, wifi or full controllable already in 2023.

Taking great pride in quality assurance and efficiency, the company carried out tests of the new product on board Swedish pelagic vessel Themis over a long period to finalise and perfect the design.

“We are satisfied with the feedback from Themis and we have now made them 100% available commercially, and we’re open to supplying and customising systems for each of our customers who need a set of controllable doors,” said the company’s Henrik Andreassen.

A second set of tests were carried out on board Shetland pelagic vessel, Serene, while it was in Skagen for annual maintenance. The successful outcome of the tests meant that the vessel was not only supplied with a 15 square metre pair of Bluestream doors, but it also returned home with a second pair on board for Antares.

Among the many advantageous features of the new Bluestream doors, is the ability to pre-set the depth, while also controlling the doors during a tow via the wireless communication system.

Andreassen added that the surface area and spreading force of the trawl doors be changed by up to 27% with this system.

“With a set of 15 square metre doors, you have every size covered all the way down to 10,95 square metres,’ he said.

Highlighting Thyborøn Trawldoors position as one of the leading global brands in the industry, Andreasson explained, “The flexibility in our production and among the staff allows the company to offer “tailor-made” trawl doors, which are built to the individual customer needs, wishes and demands.”

“We look forward to welcoming customers, both old and new, to stand 76 where we will demonstrate exactly how our new trawl door designs will optimise their catch efficiency.”