New crabbing fishing vessel is completed by Macduff Shipyards
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Macduff Shipyards has signed over its latest new build vessel Euroclydon (GY77).
It is the second crabbing fishing boat built by the yard in a space of only three years, following on from Levanter (GY7) with both vessels belonging to the same owner Stuart MacDougall of fishing company Euroclydon Ltd.
The new build replaces the owner’s previous vessel of same name, built by Miller and Sons in 1987.
The tender for the Euroclydon was signed in summer of 2020, just six months after the owners took delivery of the Levanter.
The vessel is a new design of vivier crabber fishing vessel designed between the shipyards and local naval architecture and consultancy firm Macduff Ship Design.
It features many similarities to the Levanter, with a similar arrangement throughout. However, with increased length, breadth and depth, Euroclydon provides noticeably more space all around to enhance crew comfort, sea keeping and fishing activity.
The design work began in summer of 2020 with consultation between the shipyards and owner to finalise the general arrangement to their exact needs.
With the initial design complete, the construction plans were drawn up by Macduff Ship Design and submitted to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for plan approval under its newly adopted construction standard, inherited from Seafish.
The hull of Euroclydon up to main deck along with the aft accommodation casing and the forward section of the shelter is built from Lloyds grade A ship building plate.
The mid part of the shelter where fishing activities take place, along with the wheelhouse and mast are built from marine grade aluminium to help reduce the vessels displacement.
The hull form 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 layout of the Euroclydon below the main deck features two three-man cabins aft, followed by a large engine room which extends forward over the top of the vivier tank.
The vivier tank is positioned amidships with its trunk up to main deck fitted through the engine room.
Forward of the engine room a bait store is situated and finally a water tank is fitted forward of the collision bulkhead in the bow.
Above the deck features the accommodation area aft with galley/mess to starboard, and a two berth skippers’ cabin and dry locker/laundry to port.
Forward of this is the large fully sheltered working deck where the pots are brought onboard, catch emptied into the vivier tank and pots stacked up until ready to shoot again.
The shelter is protected by a large hydraulically powered hatch. The hauler is mounted forward and leads to a block which is fitted at the end of a telescopic boom which extends outboard of the hull to keep the pots clear of the side when hauling up.
Forward at main deck a weather-tight bulkhead is fitted, and a store space is arranged with shelving for storage and the anchor chain locker.
Above the shelter deck a large open deck space provides for generous stowage of pots when moving gear to the grounds.