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Kongsberg unveils integrated fishing vessel controls

Mon 04 Sep 2017 by Martyn Wingrove

Kongsberg unveils integrated fishing vessel controls
Fishmaster brings together navigation with engine, rudder and thruster controls

An influx of fishing vessel newbuilding orders has led to contract awards for innovative  propulsion control and bridge systems

Kongsberg Maritime has developed its Fishmaster to provide fishing vessels with more operating efficiency and simpler controls. It combines vessel manoeuvring with fish finding, catch monitoring and ship equipment control.

It is an integrated bridge system that brings together navigation with engine, rudder and thruster controls, automation and fishing equipment controls. It incorporates advanced human-machine interfaces that are based on large presentation displays, of up to 55 in. These will provide an overview of all the vital navigation, manoeuvring and fishing tools, depending on which vessel operation is being carried out.

Vessel captains can use the bridge workstations to set different operational modes, such as transit, towing or hauling, giving them flexible control of the required power and equipment from a single location.

Kongsberg vice president for fishery and aquaculture global sales and marketing, Espen Liset said the integrated vessel concept will simplify operations from the bridge. “Our goal is to provide the customer with operational benefits through fewer components, possibilities for multi-functional equipment use and advanced support tools, resulting in more efficient fishing,” he explained.

The consoles can be electrically adjusted in height for seated or standing operators, while the displays can be tilted and adjusted. Fishmaster has levers for propulsion, thruster and rudder controls and trackballs for controlling tools such as ECDIS and radar. There is also a 13 in touchscreen to operate bridge devices from the master chair. All the bridge products are linked through a local area network that enables switching between different video feeds. Fishmaster would be connected to Kongsberg’s K-Chief 600 automation system.

Fishmaster links

  • Vessel navigation & manoeuvring
  • Fishing equipment control
  • Advanced human-machine interfaces
  • Propulsion system controls
  • Connected to Kongsberg’s K-Chief 600 automation
  • Displays up to 55 in
  • Workstation trackballs
  • Different operating modes
  • Electrically adjusted seat

In August, Kongsberg won a contract to provide a Fishmaster integrated vessel system to Havyard Ship Technology for a pelagic trawler that is being built for fishing company France Pélagique. The 80 m trawler is expected to be delivered in December 2018 to replace one of the two French-flagged trawlers that were built in the early 1980s. Havyard has an option to build another similar vessel for France Pélagique.

The period between June and August was a good time for suppliers of propulsion controls to fishing vessels. Wärtsilä gained a contract to supply propulsion solutions to two new fishing trawlers being built in Russia. These trawlers are being built by PJSC Vyborg shipyard for Russia-based Nord Pilgrim.

They will be 80 m long and reinforced to Ice3 class with Wärtsilä engines that are compliant with the IMO’s Tier II emission regulations. Wärtsilä will also supply each vessel with a ProTouch propulsion control system linked to a controllable pitch propeller and a transverse thruster.

Rolls-Royce won a contract to supply propulsion controls, ship design and equipment to a purse seiner and pelagic trawler being built in Norway. This 75 m vessel was ordered by Gunnar Langva from Westcon Yards in Norway for delivery in Q3 2019. Rolls-Royce will supply a Promas integrated rudder and propeller system, a B33:45 Bergen diesel engine and hydraulic winches.

That order came on the heels of another for a stern trawler that is being built in Astilleros Armon in Spain for Icelandic fishing company HB Grandi. This 82 m vessel will also have a Bergen B33:45 diesel engine together with Promas integrated rudder and propeller system and electric driven winches, including permanent magnet driven electric trawl winches.

Meanwhile, fishing seafarers can use a combination of electronic charts and fishing information following a deal between C-Map and Fishbrain. This partnership integrates Fishbrain’s exact catch locating and forecasting data with C-Map’s depth and contour maps to provide intelligence on fishing hotspots.


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