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New fishing vessel completed by Macduff Shipyards

By Kyle Ritchie

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Macduff Shipyards has recently signed over its latest new build fishing vessel Orion (BF 432) to owner Brian Harvey and his two sons Andrew and Simon.

The boat replaces their previous fishing vessel of the same name, which was built by the yard in the early noughties and is intended to fish around the coast of Scotland, predominately in the North Sea.

Orion was originally planned to be built from the yard's previous 24.50 m hull model but during the early design phase a decision was taken to remodel the vessel's bow based on the preliminary results from a tank testing program which the yard and Macduff Ship Design were running for another project.

Orion is the latest fishing vessel completed by Macduff Shipyards.
Orion is the latest fishing vessel completed by Macduff Shipyards.

A Macduff Shipyards spokesman said: "A quick study was conducted by the Wolfson Unit in Southampton using CFD technology to compare the proposed new bow against the previous model with the results showing a net decrease in hull resistance at steaming speeds, as anticipated.

"Following this the hull form was faired and finalised by Macduff Ship Design who then produced a full set of steel construction plans along with conducting the incline experiment and producing the vessel's stability booklet.

"The fabrication of the hull of Orion was subcontracted to Kedat Shipyard based in Szczecin, Poland, with the construction reviewed and verified by Bureau Veritas to comply with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s construction standard and upon completion the hull was towed to Macduff for outfitting by the yard."

The wheelhouse of the Orion.
The wheelhouse of the Orion.

The hull of Orion is built completely from steel, apart from the wheelhouse and mast, and features a double chine hull form, transom stern and modern bow designed to cut cleanly through the sea with less energy leading to a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions along with increased crew comfort.

The shipyards spokesman added: "In broad terms the layout of the Orion is largely like some of the other recent new builds produced by the yard.

"Below deck features the cabins, engine room, fish hold and a large freshwater tank forward of the collision bulkhead.

The boat replaces the Harvey family's previous vessel.
The boat replaces the Harvey family's previous vessel.

"Above deck is situated the aft shelter, galley and side passage area, fish processing area and then a winch room forward where the trawl winch is situated.

"A bespoke hydraulic deck machinery package was fabricated by the yard for the Orion comprising a triple barrel winch powered by dual motors, two split net drums, two bagging winches, two small gear handling winches, cod end lifting winch and a dedicated anchor windlass."

"Thistle Marine of Peterhead supplied both the landing crane and powerblock crane, both of which feature a slew ring base."

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