Following the official ceremony on May 13th in Kvaløya, Norway’s largest inland island, the MS Stødig powered by Yanmar has gone into service for operator Asbjørn Selsbane AS.

Stødig means steady, and she is the replacement for the original, which was sold in 2020. She will operate in Northern waters, hunting offshore mainly for white fish, which will mainly be delivered fresh or as live-fish. Stødig is also equipped for targeting shrimps as well as snow crabs, which will be frozen onboard.

The vessel is 39 meters long and 11,5 meters wide. Naval architect Kent Damgaard is director at Karstensens Skibsværft A/S. He says: “She is our newbuilding 467, with hull built in our Gdynia facilities, and propulsion comes courtesy of a Yanmar 6EY22AW rated at 1,370 bhp at 900 rpm, chosen in collaboration with the operator. It’s an interesting time to be dealing with marine propulsion as we are facing the reality of the green transition. Technical solutions for alternative fuels, even zero-emission, are indeed available, but infrastructure and security of supply leaves a lot to be desired. Hence Stødig is designed, based on conventional fuels, but thoroughly optimised. This means looking for an improvement in economy in percentage increments. On this occasion, we have made the best use of the torque available by installing a smaller engine geared down with a larger propeller. Taking the vessel’s service profile into close consideration, optimizing towing performance in relation to fuel feed gives the least possible carbon impact. In addition, the vessel is fitted with a number of other features, helping to reduce carbon impact.”

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