Damen Shipyards delivers trawler Jonge Johannes

Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam has recently delivered a twin-rig fly shooting trawler to Urk-based brothers Rense and Johannes de Boer. The new vessel is the LT 295 Jonge Johannes.

The LT 295 marks Maaskant’s third delivery to the brothers. The yard has worked with Vripack on the design of the LT 295. This is the second in a series of three of this design. The aim has been to create a vessel that can operate with a gross tonnage of less than 400 tonnes and one that trims as naturally as possible with a full hold.

The brothers De Boer were looking for a future-proof vessel that could be passed on to the next generation. In this case, the vessel is ideally named for one of the sons of Johannes de Boer. The brothers considered a number of shipyards outside the Netherlands, but ultimately decided to go, once again, with Maaskant.

Vessel particulars

The hull was built at Safe Sp. z.o.o., Gdansk, with the ship completed in Stellendam. The data of the three twinrigger/flyshooters are as follows: 498 GT – L oa (pp) x B x D (d) = 32.22 (30.50) x 9.60 x 7.10 (4.16) metres. The diesel-electric installation consists of three Caterpillar C18 Leroy Somer generators with an output of 581 kVA and a Caterpillar generator set with an output of 124 kVA.

Innovative is the 252 kWh battery bank for storage of recovered energy during grid expansion and celebration. All energy is collected in a DC bus from which a 1050 kW Leroy Somer electric motor drives the 3400 mm diameter fixed propeller via a Reintjes gearbox in an Optima nozzle. It also drives the fishing winches, 110 kW bow thruster, a number of main pumps and fans.

The bunker capacity is 40 m³ and fuel consumption is up to 15 tonnes per week. The fish hold has a capacity of 230 m³. Accommodation is provided for 9 crew members. The Jonge Johannes was handed over to the Ekofish Group BV, Urk/Lowestoft on 14 March from the brothers Johannes and Renze de Boer in Urk.

The first of the series, the UK-205 Spes Nova (yardnumber BA-623, imo 9843479), was handed over on 8 November 2019. The third identical twinrigger/flyshooter is still under construction: the PD-105 Turma Nova (yardnumber BA-628, imo 9876816), which was launched in Gdansk on 28 October 2019.

Rense de Boer: ‘This is a solid vessel with an eye for detail. And whenever there was something we did not like, Maaskant found a way to resolve it neatly. We are delighted with the result.’

‘It’s always a confirmation that we are doing something right when customers return to us,’ says Erik Moerkerk, director of Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam. ‘We were very pleased to welcome Rense and Johannes back to Maaskant with this order. Working together with our suppliers we have delivered a well-functioning vessels that meets their requirements. Our relationship stretches back over a quarter of a century and we look forward to continuing our collaboration in the future.’

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.