New Altaire ordered for 2023 deliveryNew Altaire is scheduled for delivery in May 2023. Illustr: Karstensens Skibsværft

The latest in a series of Shetland fishing vessels to carry the Altaire name will be delivered by Karstensens Skibsværft in May 2023 to the Altaire Fishing Co Ltd. The new pelagic trawler will operate from its home port of Collafirth in Shetland.

“We are extremely proud of this new order, which continues longstanding working relationship with Altaire’s owners. Present and previous vessels carrying the Altaire name have  has been steady customers at Karstensens for maintenance and repair work for many years,” said the yard’s Kent Damgaard.

The design, specification and arrangements of Altaire LK-429, which will be the yard’s newbuild #468, are the result of extensive and close co-operation between owners and yard, with details tailored to meet the customer’s requirements.

The new Altaire will operate along the same pattern as the existing vessel. The focus has been on optimising catch quality and hygiene, as well as efficient operation and low emissions, and with the working environment, safety and comfort of the crew also in the spotlight during the design process.

The 79.95 metre LOA by 16.60 metre beam Altaire will have a 7320kW Wärtsilä 12V31 main engine driving a two-speed gearbox and a 4200mm diameter propeller. The twin 865kW auxiliary engines will also be Wärtsilä units. Thrusters will be supplied by Brunvoll and the deck equipment package is to be supplied by Karmøy Winch.

The RSW system will be a double 1400kW installation and Altaire will have a double 4200 litre vacuum pump system.

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