Scantrol is experiencing an increasing demand for the Autotrawl system this year. Already during the first half of the year the company has received orders for more than 30 systems.
–There is a boom for both building new fishing vessels and for upgrading existing vessels at the moment and we are delighted to be a recognized supplier of the controls for some of the major fishing companies in the world. So far this year we have received orders for more than 30 systems and this will turn out to be a record year for Scantrol in the Fishery market, says Øyvind Hansen, Business Development Mananger for Fishery and Marine Research.
Focusing on user value
Over the last two years Scantrol has had a strong focus on the Fishery market. Today there are more than 500 fishing vessels using Scantrol systems. User value is the essence of the design philosophy and feedback from the users are crucial to improve the system continuously. Functions in Scantrol iSYm shall benefit within cathing efficency, fuel savings and in taking better care of the fishing gear.
–Our focus has always been to only add functionality that has a valuable benefit for the users. Functionality of Scantrol iSYM is developed in close collaboration with experienced skippers and fishing companies. Based on a market research we did last year, the flexibility of the use of trawl sensors was highlighted as one of the most important factors when choosing control system. We immediately started to expand the functionality with interface to other sensors like Marport. This means that the skipper can now use both Scanmar and Marport signals for the symmetry control.
Boom for Pair trawl systems and iSYM upgrades
– The trend for newbuilds is larger fishing vessels with electrical winches. The share of electrical winches has increased significantly related to hydraulic winches. There is also a huge interest for pair trawling in today’s market and the number of systems in use is growing. We are also experiencing a boom for upgrades of existing systems. Scantrol can supply upgrade solution for all Autotrawl models in the market. Upgrade to Scantrol iSYM is a cost-efficient way to give existing vessels benefit of the latest trawl control functionality on the market, explains Hansen.
Scantrol has also received orders for 10 research vessels this year to Canada, South-Korea and Scandinavia.
–Marine Research is an important market for us and we are proud to say that Scantrol iSYM is providing the possibility of standardize research sampling hauls. Marine research scientists are very concerned about repeatability of the catching performance of their trawl gear. To achieve good repeatability, it is important to maintain the geometry of the net as constant as possible. With Scantrol iSYM the scientists will have good control of the net geometry in all situations independent of tides and weather conditions, says Hansen.
Photos of vessels:
Benarcle II: courtesy of Mark Addison, skipper/owner
Kaldbakur EA 1: courtesy of Samherji HF
Kronprins Håkon: courtesy of the Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
Resilient LK 195: courtesy of Resilient Fishing Company Ltd
Royal Greenland vessels: courtesy of Skipsteknisk/Royal Greenland
Victory Rose: courtesy of Lockers Trawlers