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Brunvoll AS witnessed what could be described as an order boom of Brunvoll thrusters for fishing vessels during the Nor-Fishing exhibition in Trondheim. Thruster contracts for 9 new fishing vessels have been signed, resulting in no less than 18 complete thruster systems. In a time where almost no offshore vessels are being built, these orders are highly welcome.
This is confirming Brunvoll’s position as the preferred manufacturer and supplier of manoeuvring systems for the fishing fleet -- both domestically and internationally. The new orders are for vessels being built at Norwegian, Danish and Polish shipyards, and for both national and international shipowners. Brunvoll Sales Manager Lars Myklebust is very content over the fact that the majority of new buildings within the fishing fleet are choosing their Thruster Systems from Brunvoll.
- Our reputation within this market is clearly good, and our products and Thruster Systems fit today’s ship designs very well. Each of the 9 vessels we have signed orders for, will be equipped by two thrusters each, complete with electric drive and control systems, says Myklebust.
During this year's major fishing industry exhibition, Nor-Fishing in Trondheim, Brunvoll and Finnøy Gear & Propeller shared a joint stand area. The two Romsdal companies have a well-established partnership, which simplifies the purchasing process and provides savings for the customer. Finnøy has received orders for the same new buildings as Brunvoll, and the deliveries will be equipped with control systems developed and supplied by Brunvoll, under the name BruCon.
Larsnes Mek Verksted is starting up several new buildings for shipowners in Lofoten and Troms. Danish KARSTENSENS Skibsværft is building vessels for Irish, Swedish and Danish shipowners. Vestværft, also in Denmark, is building a vessel for a Norwegian shipowner, while a shipyard in Poland is building the ninth fishing vessel.
Brunvoll will also be delivering the Thruster Systems to the Kleven Maritime's new building, which was being announced during the Nor-Fishing exhibition. This vessel is going to be used as a salmon slaughter plant, among other purposes, for Marine Harvest.
In addition to the new orders received during Nor-Fishing, new fishing vessels that include Brunvoll Thruster Systems are currently being built in Norway, Denmark, Poland, Turkey, Taiwan and USA.
There is now great interest for the Brunvoll Retractable Azimuth Thruster in fishing vessels. By installing this type of thruster, the vessel will significantly improve its maneuverability in rough weather operations. This will also increase the vessel’s efficiency and the number of available fishing days. The thruster can also be used as an emergency propulsion system if one were to experience faults in the main propulsion system. Positive feedback has been received regarding such installations from ship owners, with reference vessels such as "Libas", "Gitte Henning", "Ruth," "Beinur", "Geir II" and "LeineBris". The next vessel to be delivered with a retractable azimuth thruster system is the pelagic trawler "Grateful", and there are several new projects coming up shortly.
Brunvoll was showcasing Thruster No.1 at its stand in Nor-Fishing and this was of great interest for the many visitors. The side propeller was installed in "Siljo" in 1965, and was recovered in the same vessel as it was on its way to be scrapped in Namibia in 2011. Today, the side propeller has been fully renovated, and appears as new and is fully functioning. When Thruster No.1 is not showcased at exhibitions, it is on display in the reception area at Brunvoll’s Competence Center at Årø, outside of Molde. Behind the success of Brunvoll’s entry to the thruster market, stand the Gjendemsjø brothers. They were the two who brilliantly came up with the product idea, and placed their order of the first two thruster units for the vessel "Klaring” in 1965. The same Lodve Gjendemsjø appeared at the 2016 Nor-Fishing and stopped by the Brunvoll stand for a friendly meeting and talks about thruster history.