Nodosa delivers new Falklands trawlerMontelourido has been built by Nodosa to operate in the South Atlantic. Photo: Nodosa

Built to the same design as the Monteferro delivered three years ago, a number of improvements have been made to the new Montelourido’s design, based its sister ship’s performance.

Built to the Nodosa yard’s own design Montelourido has a 63.70 metre overall length and a 12 metre beam, and is designed to operate on squid and groundfish in the South Atlantic.

Owners Ferralemes opted to keep the inverted bow configuration which has lived up to expectations in the South Atlantic. Differences lie in the increased engine power and the expanded fishroom capacity, which provides some challenges for the design team as this had to be achieved while still remaining within the 1500gt limitation.

Montelourido has a 1252m3 fishroom and the main engine is a 3000kW Wärtsilä 9M25C driving a Reintjes LAF4555 I gearbox with a 1:5.474 reduction, turning a 4000mm Schottel four-bladed controllable pitch propeller

Electrical power is supplied by a Marelli MJMB500LA4  2050kVas shaft generator. The gensets are a pair of Scania DI16074M units. Tank capacities on board are for 568m3 of fuel, 52m3 of fresh water and 18m3 of lube oil.

The emphasis during the design process has also been on environmental factors and energy efficiency as well as on providing optimal working and living conditions for the crew. Accommodation is for a crew of around 50 persons.

With Covid-19 restrictions in place, Montelourido was quietly delivered to owners Ferralemes without a formal handover ceremony.

Montelourido has a factory deck fitted out with a freezing capacity of 108 tonnes per 24 hours. The 132kW Bitzer compressors are grouped into a trio and a pair for the freezers, with a single compressor handling the fishroom refrigeration. The system uses R449A as its refrigerant.

The trawl deck is fitted with an Ibercisa package of electric deck machinery, with a pair of 310kW trawl winches with capacity for 3400 metres of 32mm warp, controlled by a a Scantrol iSym system.

There are single and double 19.60 tonne sweepline winches, and Ibercisa also supplied the 29.50 tonne gilsons, the 20 tonne codend winch and the 3.60 tonne outhaul winch, as well as the vertical capstan and anchor winches. The cranes are two 1225kg/15.70m and one 1550kg/11.70m units from Guerra.

The fishfinder setup in Montelourido’s wheelhouse includes Furuno FE-800 200kHz and  Simrad ES-80 38 and 70kHz sounders, as well as a Simrad SN-90 sonar and a Marport net monitoring system.

Cobham supplied the Sailor 9000B Vsat system. The navigation package includes Furuno FAR2228 BB and FAR2238 radars, a Simrad gyro compass and a pair of AP-70 autopilots, plus twin MAX SEA TZ V4 Pro plotters, with repeater screens for the radars and plotters.

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