Damen’s Maaskant division is promoting a “simple, basic, standard” new vessel concept, the Damen Shrimper 2607, for shrimp fishers in tropical/subtropical regions including Africa, Asia and South America. The 146gt vessel’s design has reportedly been developed to significantly reduce fuel consumption, which Damen claims to have done by optimising the powertrain, instead of overloading the vessel with complex energy management solutions. The builder says: “Damen Maaskant is the specialist in designing high-pull vessels with limited propulsion power. This has resulted in an aft ship with enlarged propeller diameter, of 2,300mm. A high-catch nozzle is applied together with a streamlined balance rudder and streamlined skeg.”
In addition, Damen has positioned the engine room aft of the 88m3 fish hold, to shorten the propulsion line without the shatt having to pass beneath said hold. The catch will be located under the deckhouse, resulting in “a positive influence on vessel trim in different loading conditions”, the builder claims, while the shrimp will be processed and frozen on the att side of the deckhouse, directly above the hold.
The Damen Shrimper 2607 measures 26.45m x 7m, has a draught of 2.75m and will be powered by a single 447kW engine, enabling a service speed of 9knots. Accommodation will be provided for two officers and 11 crew members. The vessel will also have a range of 60 days, helped by a fuel tank capacity of 97,000litres.