Best Ships Of 2016
Vision of the Fjords
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Fjords gives passengers and industry spectators alike, a glimpse into the future of tour vessels. The 40m carbon fiber vessel was designed and built by Brødrene Aa for The Fjords. Based on the Seasight design—a design inspired by a twisting mountain road—the vessel features inclined ramps throughout the exterior, giving passengers on board the Vision of the Fjords the freedom to take in
the scenery. Eighty percent of the vessel’s exterior is open to passengers, giving all passengers a front row viewing space. Classed by DNV GL as +1A1 High Speed Light Craft (HSLC), R5 Passenger, the vessel is truly innovative both inside and out. It features a parallel hybrid drive that allows for both the electric and diesel engine to be operated independently of each other. The innovative driveline is comprised of a twelve-cylinder D2862 LE422 MAN engine
fitted with a third-generation Common Rail injection system and delivering 749 kW at 2,100 rev/min. During sightseeing expeditions, however, the vessel will be driven by two Oswald electric engines. Power is transmitted via a CENTA electromagnetic clutch through a CENTALINK drive shaft to the Oswald electric engine. The converted energy is then transferred to the ZF gearbox via another CENTALINK drive shaft.
F/V Blue North
Game-Changing Longliner E arlier this y e ar, Dakota Creek Industries Inc., Anacortes, WA, delivered a real game changer to the fishing industry and owner Blue North, Seattle, WA — the 58.35 m F/V Blue North. The vessel is one of the first fishing vessels in the U.S. built to meet Tier III emissions standards. Considered one of the world’s most advanced, innovative fishing longliners, the F/V Blue North is fitted with new technologies to improve the quality of harvested seafood and working conditions for crew. The vessel is based on the ST 155L design from Norway’s Skipsteknisk AS and was specifically developed for the Alaska cod hook-and-line fishery. Blue North features a heavily weighted box keel design that will keep weight low, and an anti-roll tank that will help provide a stable working platform. The fish are captured via a hook-and-line 20 Marine Log // December 2016
fishing system—ensuring that one fish is handled at a time. Fish on the lines are pulled into the moon pool at the center of the boat. To reduce stress on the fish, they’re only out of the water for a few seconds before they’re stunned, processed and frozen on board. Meanwhile, the vessel’s internal haul station ensures that crews remain safe. The ability to work inside means crew will no longer be exposed to rough seas, freezing temperatures, and falling overboard. Po w e r o n b o a r d i s p r o v i d e d b y a Siemens Bluedrive diesel-electric propulsion system comprised of a pair of Caterpillar C32 engines and one Cat C18 engine driving diesel generators generating power for a twin Z-drive dual azimuth propulsion system. The DEP will also power the processing plant, freezers, lighting, heating and marine electronics.
The longliner can travel at a cruising speed of 12 knots. The Blue North has also been designed to reduce environmental impact. All water and waste on board is captured and treated, meaning no contaminants will be dumped in the ocean. And a state-of-the-art enginecooling and heat recovery system recycles water—cooling the ships engine and heating the vessel.