Camilo S

Camilo S

Yard maintains activity through pandemic

Argentinian shipyard Contessi launched its 137th newbuild on 31st July, a classic fresquero – fresher trawler – that will operate from the Patagonian port of Rawson.

The multi-purpose Camilo S will fish primarily for Argentinian red shrimp, but it can also operate on hake, anchovy, and other stocks.

Built for owner Mateo Mariscal, Camilo S is designed to work coastal waters. Given that the maximum length for this kind of vessel in Rawson is 21 metres, Camilo S has a 20.98 metre overall length long, with a breadth of 7 metre and a 110m3 capacity fishroom. Camilo S replaces one of the artisanal vessels owned by Mateo Mariscal. Construction of the new trawler began in December of 2020 and was completed on schedule.

Camilo S is Astillero Contessi’s 137th newbuild and the latest in a long series of fresher trawlers. Image: Diego Izquierdo / El Camilo S es la nueva construcción de Astillero Contessi número 137 y la última de una larga serie de arrastreros fresqueros

‘Over the years, we have built about 20 vessels of this type in both the 19AC and 40AC  versions. This model has been tested over and over and is completely has been perfected for fishing in Argentinian waters,’ said the yard’s director Domingo Contessi.

Camilo S has an 829hp Yanmar 6AYM-ETE main engine and two Cummins 6CTA (a G1GD1 to starboard and a G1GD2 on the port side of the engine room) auxiliary engines and 60Va Cramaco alternators supply the trawler’s electrical power requirements. It can provide a maximum service speed of 9 knots.

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The deck is laid out for either demersal or pelagic trawling with Berycar hydraulics, including a trawl winch with two main drums and a bagging winch. The codends are emptied into hoppers on deck and the contents pass through the catch handling system on the foredeck designed for rapid grading and sorting, and with selected shrimp boxed in ice in the fully insulated fishroom below.

The wheelhouse is fitted with the latest electronics, including a Marport trawl monitoring system supplied by local company Electronica Naval.

The yard has built more than twenty vessels of this type of coastal trawler, and continues to refine the design. Image: Matías Capizzano / El astillero ha construido más de veinte embarcaciones de este tipo de arrastrero costero, y continúa refinando el diseño

‘There have been refinements in terms of design, seakeeping and efficiency in each of the boats of this type that have been delivered,’ Domingo Contessi said, commenting that the is constantly working on developing the design of their coastal boats, as there is a constant demand for these coastal fesqueros.

‘At the moment, we have five orders for this type to be delivered over the the next few years,’ he added.

At the same time, Astillero Contessi has been focusing on larger boats with complex technology and design requirements. At the end of 2019 the shipyard opened 900m2 of new construction capacity, designed for larger projects – and Covid-19 has not affected the yard’s plans.

Camilo S will fish mainly for Argentine red shrimp, but has options for other fisheries. Image: Matías Capizzano / El Camilo S pescará principalmente camarón rojo argentino, pero tiene opciones para otras especies

According to Domingo Contessi, after the initial need to adjust working methods to cope with the fallout from the pandemic, ‘not only it was possible to resume the previous production levels, but also to increase them.’

‘It’s a privilege to have good news in such difficult times. Our authorities have trusted the Argentinian marine industry, maintaining stimulus policies and slowing down unfair competition always presented by imports of second-hand tonnage,’ he said during the launching ceremony for Camilo S, which was attended by a select group and streamed online to a larger audience to comply with social distancing measures imposed by the country’s authorities.

Domingo Contessi welcomed what he described as a positive situation for Argentinian shipyards, stressing that he has taken on new staff at the yard, as well as having made investments in capacity, adding that other shipyards in Argentina have also been able to make similar investments to expand their facilities.