New Freezer Longliner from Vigor
22 Sep 2016
Vigor’s new Freezer Longliner design is based on the highly successful Marco Longliner
Vigor is set to unveiled a new 142” Freezer Longliner at this year’s Pacific Marine Expo which takes place in November.
The vessel will be specifically designed for North Pacific fishing and is based on a previous Marco Marine design.
Keith Whittemore, Vigor’s executive vice president of business development, explained: “A new class of longliners is a central need for the recapitalisation of the North Pacific fishing fleet, but to get these vessels built fishermen need to know they can depend on the design – and it better be affordable.”
This is the reason that the company began its design process by acquiring the exclusive license of a Marco design that has successfully fished the North Pacific for more than two decades.
Vigor then collaborated with current longliner operators, with the support of Glosten Associates – the design was then elevated to take advantage of advances in technology, efficiency and safety.
Mr Whittemore, added: “We didn’t set out to design a Lamborghini. Operators wanted a reliable work-horse. This design is more like a Ford F-150 pick-up truck. We think it’s the right design for the North Pacific Longliner fleet”
The vessel will have a fish hold capacity of 14,070 cu ft and a bait hold capacity of 1,900 cu ft, the vessel will be 142” by 33.6” by 14”.
Vigor will complete and vet the production engineering of the vessel prior to starting production and in order to try and create an efficient production line for fabrication.
“Serial production on a line is the key to a cost effective build for customers. If you want to hold price down this is the way to do it. Operators get that and we’ve had great feedback on the design and the build plans,” concluded Mr Whittemore.