Macduff Ship Design Limited are pleased to confirm the delivery by Macduff Shipyards of the new build fishing vessel, ‘ORION, BF 432’, to owner Brian Harvey and his two sons Andrew and Simon. This vessel replaces their previous fishing vessel of the same name, which was built by the same yard in the early noughties and is intended to fish around the coast of Scotland, predominately in the North Sea.

During the early design phase for the vessel a decision was taking to remodel the hull form based on results from a tank testing program which Macduff Ship Design and Macduff Shipyard were running with the intent to improve hull efficiency. A study was conducted by the Wolfson Unit in Southampton using CFD technology to compare the proposed new vessel against the previous model, with the results showing a net decrease in hull resistance at steaming speed. Following this Macduff Ship Design faired and finalised the hull form and produced a full set of steel construction plans along with conducting the incline experiment and producing the vessels stability booklet at the end of the build. The fabrication of the hull of ORION was subcontracted to Kedat Shipyard based in Szczecin, Poland with the construction reviewed and verified by Bureau Veritas to comply with the MCA’s construction standard and upon completion the hull was towed to Macduff for outfitting by the yard.

The hull of ORION is built completely from steel, apart from the wheelhouse and mast, and features a double chine hull form, transom stern and modern bow designed to cut cleanly through the sea with less energy leading to a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions along with increased crew comfort. In broad terms the layout of the ORION is largely similar to some of the other recent new builds produced by the yard. Below deck features the cabins, engine room, fish hold and a large freshwater tank forward of the collision bulkhead. Whereas above deck is situated the aft shelter, galley/mess and side passage area, fish processing area and then a winch room forward where three split winches are sited.

A bespoke hydraulic deck machinery package was fabricated by the yard for the ORION comprising of a triple barrel winch powered by dual motors, two split net drums, two bagging winches, two small gear handling winches, cod end lifting winch and a dedicated anchor windlass. Thistle Marine of Peterhead supplied both the MFB8 landing crane and MBK13 powerblock crane, both of which featuring a slew ring base. Primary hydraulic power is provided by a single Parker hydraulic pump driven from a dedicated Mitsubishi 6D24 auxiliary engine producing 218 kW whilst secondary hydraulic power is provided by combination of one electric/hydraulic motor set with an output of 45 kW in tandem with a Parker hydraulic pump driven from a power take off fitted to the gearbox. A hydraulically powered bow thruster is also fitted of 180 hp. The hydraulic system, designed by the yard, is cooled via a Blokland box cooler and Bowman heat exchanger.

The propulsion package features a 2.5 m fixed pitch propeller supplied by Wartsila, driven by a CATERPILLAR C32 main engine with 660 hp @ 1600-1800 rpm through a Masson Marine W7400 reversible gearbox with 9.077:1 reduction. ORION is the seventh vessel built by the yard in recent years to feature this propulsion package which has demonstrated itself to be both robust and adaptable with the Wide Operating Speed Range of the C32 main engine providing flexibility to achieve full power from a fixed pitch propeller both whilst steaming and trawling. The efficiency gains predicted during the early design phase were realised during engine trials with the vessel achieving 9.1 knots at only 50% engine load and 10.5 knots at 100% load. ORION also features a triple rudder system and high lift propeller nozzle provided by Wartsila.

Cooling systems for all engines and hydraulics onboard are served by box coolers supplied by Blokland Non-Ferro.

Electrical power onboard is provided by two Mitsubishi generator sets supplied by Macduff Diesels Limited, each with a rating of 106 ekW and of sufficient size to run the vessels power independently providing complete redundancy.

The electrical systems onboard were designed and fitted by R.D. Downie who also fabricated the vessels switchboard and control panels for all the pumps and motor starters. In addition to this R.D. Downie also provided the fire, bilge and gas alarm systems onboard along with the navigation light panel and assisted with the installation of the navigation equipment.

The fish processing deck features a catch handling system built by the yard and is complemented by a DEGA resin floor system fitted by PBP services. Two separate compartments are formed within the fish processing area which house both a dry locker and ice plant room. The fish hold refrigeration system along with ice machine was supplied and fitted by Premier Refrigeration.

The high specification navigation package was supplied and fitted onboard by McMinn Marine Ltd, please contact David McMinn for full details.

Fishing gear was supplied by Faithlie Trawl (International) Ltd, Seaforth Trawls Ltd and  Caley Fisheries.


Length overall: 24.50 m

Length Registered: 22.95 m

Beam: 7.60 m

Depth: 4.30 m

Depart port displacement: 350 t

Fresh water capacity: 20,612 li

Oil fuel capacity: 26,320 li

Hold capacity:  700 boxes

Speed: 10.5 knots trials average

Crew: 6-8


Caterpillar C32 main engine supplied by Finning Power Systems, UK

Propeller and nozzle supplied by Wartsila, Spain

Gearbox supplied by Masson Marine, France

Hull design and stability information supplied by Macduff Ship Design

Generator sets supplied by Macduff Diesels Ltd, UK

Box cooling systems for each engine and the hydraulic circuit supplied by Blokland Non Ferro, Netherlands

Pumps supplied by Azcue Pumps SA, Spain

Deck machinery equipment supplied by the yard

Deck cranes supplied by Thistle Marine, UK

Bow thruster supplied by the yard

Fire doors supplied by B-15 Marine Ltd, UK

Weathertight doors supplied by Winel, Netherlands

Rudder system supplied by the yard

Steering gear supplied by Scan Steering APS, Denmark

Wheelhouse windows and portlights supplied by HK Van Wingerden & An BV, Netherlands

Fish handling system supplied by the yard

Refrigeration system and ice machine supplied by Premier Refrigeration Ltd, UK

Paint system by International Paints, UK

Wheelhouse chairs supplied by Norsap, UK

Oil fuel filter/separator and main engine oil fine filter supplied by CC Jensen, UK

Pressure washers supplied by Grampian Power Clean, UK

Anchors and chain supplied by Fendercare Marine, UK

Switchboard and electrical system supplied and installed by R D Downie Limited, UK

For details of the fishing gear contract the owner

For details of the electronic equipment package contact the owner