VARD has contracted Hydroniq Coolers to deliver the marine seawater cooling system to a stern trawler the shipbuilding group is constructing for P/F Akraberg, a subsidiary of Framherji on the Faroe Islands.
This is actually the first time we are delivering our technology to a shipowner on the Faroe Islands. We are hopeful that this could open up new doors for us, says Arnt Ove Austnes, sales manager at Hydroniq Coolers.
Hydroniq Coolers will supply its Rack seawater cooling system to the stern trawler. This type of marine cooling system is integrated in the hull below the main engine room of the vessel, where it reduces temperatures in the ships engines and other auxiliary systems through use of seawater but without taking up valuable engine room space. Further, the Rack system does not require dry-docking for maintenance and cleaning as it can be extracted from below the engine room, even while at sea.
Hydroniq Coolers will manufacture and assemble the equipment at its headquarter outside Aalesund, Norway, and deliver it to Vard Brattvaag in Norway. The company has not disclosed the value of the contract.
The stern trawler of VARD 8 03 design, which is a further development of VARD 8 02, is developed by Vard Design in Šlesund, Norway. The vessel will be arranged for triple trawling and have a length of 84 metres and a beam of 16.7 metres. The trawler will be equipped with a hybrid propulsion system combining both diesel-mechanical and diesel-electric propulsion, including batteries.
Delivery of the vessel is scheduled from Vard Brattvaag in Norway in Q2 2022.