Hvide Sande Shipyard, Steel and Service has been chosen to build a new fishery inspection vessel for the Danish Fisheries Agency.
Danish naval architects OSK-ShipTech were appointed consultants for the newbuilding in 2018 to provide concept and basic design, tender process and on-site supervision during construction.
“It has been a pleasure working with the crew of the Danish Fisheries Agency,” said Kristian Carøe Lind, chief technical officer of OSK-ShipTech. “The design and development of special vessels like this is one of OSK-ShipTech’s core expertises. We have more than fifty years’ experience in designing special vessels so we are really looking forward to this project, where we are pulling on all our specialised core competences.”
After 18 months of design development, tender process and final contract meetings with short-listed candidates, the final choice stood between two Danish yards, both with long shipbuilding traditions. In the end, Danish Fisheries Agency awarded Hvide Sande Shipyard the €22.8 million contract.
In addition to its main purpose as fishery inspection vessel for the North Sea and Skagerrak area, the new vessel is designed to fit future inspection challenges, for example by the use of large drones, and cover service functions such as emergency towing assistance, salvage, and surveys.
The Ny Vestkysten is partly funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and expected for delivery by summer 2022. It will replace the existing MV Vestkysten which has been in operation since 1987.