Simrad array for new pelagic trawler ArtemisDue for delivery in 2022, Artemis will head for fishing grounds with its wheelhouse packed with Simrad electronics. Illustr: Karstensens

Kongsberg Maritime is supplying a portfolio of Simrad sonar equipment for a new 75 metre pelagic trawler under construction at Karstensen for Scottish fishing companies Northbay Fishing Co. and Wiseman Fishing Co.

The new vessel, Artemis BF-60, is scheduled for delivery in June 2022 and will be equipped with Simrad ST94, SN93 and CS90 fishfinding sonars, providing a range of omni-directional and targeted fish location and tracking options across multiple frequencies.

“The owners of Artemis knew of Simrad products already, as they had deployed ES80 fishery echosounders and FS70 trawl sonar on previous vessels. After we presented the sonar portfolio they spoke to other vessel owners in Norway, Sweden and the UK and decided to order Simrad acoustic products for this new-build project,” said Andrew Masson, sales director at Simrad dealer Echomaster Marine.

“They were particularly impressed with reports about the ST90, SN90 and new CS90 broadband mid-frequency sonar. The feedback from other vessel owners was that CS90 sonar is a leap forward in technology, compared to similar mid-frequency sonar products they have previously deployed.”

Artemis will also be fitted with an ES80 split-beam echo sounder and fishfinder, FS70 third-wire trawl sonar to monitor net opening and fishing conditions, and the PX Multicatch trawl monitoring system. A Kongsberg Maritime MRU-S Motion Reference Unit completes the order, providing an accurate picture of roll, pitch, yaw and heave motion for enhanced sonar stabilisation, enabling a steady image of the target fish shoals even in rough weather conditions.

“This is strategically a very important sale for us, and fully demonstrates the scope and capabilities of Simrad equipment available for trawl operations. We are very pleased to have been given this order,” commented Kongsberg Maritime’s Mads Dahl.

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