Austral commissions new toothfish vessel

COLTO Member, Austral Fisheries has entered into an agreement with Båtbygg AS in Norway for the construction of a SK-4260 fishing vessel designed by Skipskompetanse. The vessel, Cape Arkona, combines auto-line, potting and trawling and will set new standards for multi-purpose fishing operations.

In line with Austral’s sustainability commitment, emphasis has been put on environmentally friendly and future-oriented solutions. The vessel will have the following main data:

  • LOA: 66.9m
  • Breadth: 15m
  • Class: Bureau Veritas I  * Hull  * Mach, Fishing Vessel, Unrestricted Navigation, AUT-UMS, AVM-APS, ICE IC, MON-SHAFT
  • Accommodation: 40 persons
  • Power ME: 3000KW (total)
  • Loading capacity: 1200m3
  • Tailored Father-Son hybrid propulsion solution with triple redundancy
  • Electric trawl winches
  • Prepared for SCR to comply with future IMO Tier III requirements
  • 35-40 dB reduction in exhaust noise for crew comfort
  • Dedicated space for future battery installation

Kjell Inge Sjaastad, CEO of Baatbygg said, “We are proud and honored to be working with Austral Fisheries on this groundbreaking newbuild project. The fact that Austral again has chosen Baatbygg as their partner after several successful conversion projects confirms our good relationship and Baatbyggs position as a reliable supplier and partner.”

The vessel will be built at Baatbygg yard in Raudeberg, Måløy, and is expected to be delivered by April 2020.

CEO of Austral Fisheries, David Carter said, “We are delighted to be working with Baatbygg on this important project, for us the choice was easy, we have worked together on various refurbishment projects over the past 8 years. This experience gives us every confidence that we will get a superb new boat, delivered on time and on budget.”


About Baatbygg: With over 70 years in operation, Baatbygg has positioned itself as one of Norway’s leading shipyards for conversion, repairs and maintenance of vessels within fisheries, offshore and seismic.

About Austral Fisheries: Austral Fisheries is one of Australia’s largest integrated commercial fishing companies with interests in both deep sea fishing and at sea prawning.

About Skipskompetanse: Skipskompetanse is a leading Norwegian designer of fishing vessels and live fish carriers, confirming its position with this new innovative multi-purpose design.