Brixham’s brand-new beamerThe English fleet’s newest beam trawler, Georgina of Ladram. Photo: Luyt/Jan Koster

The first new beam trawler to join the UK fleet for almost twenty years has docked in Brixham after being handed over by its Dutch builders. Georgina of Ladram has been built at Luyt Group in Den Oever for Waterdance, England’s largest fishing company.

The 35.25 metre LOA, 29.90 metre registered length Georgina of Ladram BM-100 was ordered in 2018 from the Luyt yard, which at that time was already building crabber Nichola of Ladram for Waterdance. Waterdance’s vessels have been regular visitors at the yard in Den Oever for maintenance and refit work. Designed by Luyt with input into the design process from SC MacAllister, who designed the propeller and nozzle, Georgina of Ladram’s hull was built at Ibis in Holland and brought to Den Oever for fitting out.

Originally scheduled to be delivered to Waterdance in mid-April, the completion date was put back due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The new trawler’s skipper Trevor Sclater and his crew travelled to Holland with another of the company’s trawlers which was heading to the yard for a refit, and immediately got to work to rig the new vessel and prepare fishing gear for the sea trials.

After a week of testing, sea trials, a bollard pull test and the necessary inspections, during which the MCA delegated the whole of the certification process to RINA, Georgina of Ladram demonstrated a 23 tonne bollard pull and a top speed of 11.5 knots, both exceeding expectations.

“This has been something of a lifelong ambition for Waterdance’s lead directors Robin and Rowan Carter, to build a beam trawler of this size,” commented Waterdance managing director Nigel Blazeby.

“They have both been heavily involved in the build process – and boarding the Georgina of Ladram as she arrived in Brixham from Holland they are delighted with the final build. With more than twenty vessels, Waterdance has a strategy of modernising its fleet, providing vessels which are optimised for fuel efficiency and which are safe and comfortable for crews.’

The main engine is an ABC 6 DZS driving a ZF W10230 gearbox with a 7.524:1 ratio, turning a 3200mm diameter propeller inside a nozzle. Auxiliary engines are a 335kW Mitsubishi S6B3-MPTAW with 495kVa generators, plus a 49ekW CAT C4.4 harbour set. Tank capacities are for 46 cubic metres of fuel, one cubic metre of lube oil and 23 cubic metres of fresh water.

AS Scan supplied the MT2500 steering gear and the bow thruster is a 110kW Beta 150E unit.

As well as the design, construction and its role as the main contractor, Luyt also delivered the BT-E10-2-HA190-0H fishing winch. This pneumatically-controlled ten-drum winch has consists of two main trawl drums, two derrick topping drums, two safety wires and four gilsons, and it has a 160kW power input.

De Boer RVS and Luyt supplied the catch handling installation on board, and Polar Koeltechniek fitted the chiller system and icemakers.

Echomaster Marine and Globe Marine provided the new trawler’s electronics.

Georgina of Ladram is expected to operate primarily in Area VIIe, but also in areas VIIf /g and a. Waterdance is currently working with SWFPO to attain MSC certification for VIIe plaice and sole. From January 2021, Georgina of Ladram, with the rest of the Waterdance fleet, will join the newly approved Western FPO, of which the company is a significant member.

Having taken delivery of two new vessels in 2019 and 2020, Waterdance is also scheduled to take delivery early next year of a new Amanda of Ladram, a 22 metre netter currently under construction at the Parkol Marine Engineering yard in Whitby, plus the company has acquired 19-metre twin-rig trawler Reliance II, which is planned to replace whelk potter Pen Glas, the oldest vessel in the Waterdance fleet.

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