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Freezer-seiner for Spanish Albacora Group features Schottel SCP

The Spanish Albacora Group, which operates the largest tuna fishing fleet in the European Union, recently commissioned a new fishing vessel. Built at Vigo-based shipyard Astilleros Armón, Galerna Lau is equipped with a state-of-the-art propulsion system from the German propulsion expert Schottel and will be used to catch tuna in the Atlantic Ocean. It has been designed by Armón/Cintranaval.

Schottel Controllable Pitch Propeller
The propulsion system of the tuna vessel comprises one Schottel Controllable Pitch Propeller type SCP 109 4-X, featuring an input power of 6,000kW as well as a propeller diameter of 4.0m. It reaches a maximum speed of 20 knots.

Due to the adjustable propeller blade pitch, SCPs are suited for a wide range of operations, such as manoeuvring, berthing, and casting or hauling nets. This means the operator not only benefits from a high degree of efficiency, but also lower operating costs and reduced fuel consumption as a result. Furthermore, the controllable pitch propellers have an impressively long service life due to low maintenance requirements.

Largest vessel built for Albacora
The Galerna Lau, with a total length of 95.1m and a width of 14.8m, is considered to be the largest vessel built for Albacora in recent years. With its 3,700GT, the vessel is the third ultra-freezing project that Astilleros Armón has constructed for the Spanish owner. Albacora, which catches skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna, operates a fleet of 19 purse seiners used to fish in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans.