Kongsberg will supply a winch package for an 86m stern trawler Photo: Kongsberg Kongsberg will supply a winch package for an 86m stern trawler Photo: Kongsberg

Kongsberg Maritime has signed a contract with Tersan Shipyard in Turkey to equip an 86m stern trawler with a large winch package for Faroe Islands fishing fleet operator JFK.

The package will include four EasyDRIVE electric trawl winches with SmartPΩWER Permanent Magnet motors which are said to improve reliability.

Hanus Hansen, chief executive and main owner of, JFK said that the company had been a satisfied customer of Kongsberg/Brattvaag for many years. “Until today, this has been with hydraulic low-pressure winches, but since they can now offer electric trawl winches with direct drive, we chose to adopt this form of drive on our new trawler,” he said.

This will be the thirteenth stern trawler to be fitted with this system. By eliminating the gearbox the risk of downtime or failure is significantly reduced. The system brings other, additional benefits including high efficiency and regenerative power and the ability to boost pulling force by up to 30% for short periods. It also gives very good dynamic properties and response times on the drum, an especially important consideration for stern/bottom trawling.

In addition to the unique trawl winches, Kongsberg Maritime will also deliver winch control and monitoring systems, and a variable speed drive.

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