NAVIS designs the first hybrid long-line fishing boat

30% fuel oil saved

This time around a much smaller boat will be taken for consideration and it will furthermore be designed from first principles for this technology. “Everything suggests that with this hybrid technology up to 30% of fuel oil cost compared with diesel oil will be saved and in that manner the carbon foot print will be reduced accordingly and, if we are successful in turning to the use of methanol, even more reduction of the carbon foot print may be attained.” Hjörtur says. He says that up to now little attention has been paid to energy efficiency of small boats. Very many of the boats this size are very powerful with large propulsion engines and may even have ice making machines on board powered by diesel engines. “We think the time has come to pause a little and take a breath and consider what there is necessary to have on board in order to obtain as economic an operation as possible” Hjörtur points out that, with this hybrid technology the diesel engine can be cut off when the boat has arrived at the fishing grounds and then use the services of a quiet, noiseless and pollution free electric motor whilst fishing is carried out. Then, in accordance with circumstances at any time, the choice will be to use electricity or diesel when returning to port after fishing. Hjörtur says that, he experiences that there is considerable interest for these new ideas, both amongst fishermen and boat owners.