Wärtsilä To Design World’s Biggest Krill Fishing Factory Vessel for Antarctic Waters

The modern modern krill fishing factory vessel will operate in the pristine waters of the Antarctic, a World Heritage site. Photo credit: Wärtsilä
The modern modern krill fishing factory vessel will operate in the pristine waters of the Antarctic, a World Heritage site. Photo credit: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä was selected to design the world’s biggest and modern krill fishing factory vessel for China-based Jiangsu Sunline Deep Sea Fisheries.

The 115-meter long vessel will feature Wärtsilä’s VS 6206 FT design, allowing krill fishing to be carried with conventional net trawling and using continuous pumping, a new development to improve the quality of the fish.

Wärtsilä’s design provides a sustainable environmental solution to the vessel, which will operate in the pristine waters of the Antarctic.

The ship will have onboard processing factories for the production of frozen krill, krill meat, and Omega 3 fish oil. The ship will be able to accommodate 99 people.

“Our strong presence in the Chinese market means that we have the capability to provide quickly and efficiently, the needed support to everyone involved in this important project. We have worked closely with the customer to develop this design enabling sustainable and effective fishing in the Antarctic,” Riku-Pekka Hägg, vice president, ship design, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said in a news release.

Wärtsilä will design the ship, as well as will provide all Class and Flag Authority related drawings and arrangements needed for the necessary approvals and certifications. These will also provide the basis for future more detailed engineering prior to the building of the ship.

“This new series of vessels represents a new generation of krill fishing solutions and we are grateful to Wärtsilä for producing a design that fully meets our needs. For fishing in the harsh and sensitive waters of the Antarctic, the ship’s design must be reliable, safe and environmentally sound. We believe that Wärtsilä has succeeded in all these areas,” Jiangsu Sunline Deep Sea Fisheries owner Wang Zhi stated.

Writing by Nadeem (c) gCaptain