The global AC drives manufacturer Vacon will deliver altogether 81 AC drives for 3 new fishing trawlers, owned by the international seafood company Aker Seafoods, headquartered in Norway. The new fishing vessels will be built at the STX shipyard in Braila, Romania. They will be further outfitted and commissioned at STX Brattvaag, Norway.
The design of the new 70-metre-long STX FV01 trawlers will replace that of the older vessels, improving fuel efficiency and capacity for Aker Seafoods. The efficient operation of the trawls and equipment relies on 27 advanced winch systems controlled by Vacon’s AC drives. The winch control systems are based on Vacon’s new modular engineered common DC bus technology.
The first delivery of AC drives for the trawlers took place in June 2012. “Finally, it seems that the market starts to pick up again after all these years,” says Per Halvor Rønningen, General Manager of Vacon Norway. He recalls when Vacon, in the beginning of the century, provided several trawlers with Vacon NXP drives.
Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, August 7, 2012