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New Yacht Conversion from Gill Schmid Design in New York SOLD

As the "Arni Fridriksson" she was built for the Icelandic Government as a Fishery Research Vessel and launched on 1st of March 1967. The ship was built at Brooke Marine in Lowestoft (South) England. She originally measured: 449.0 GRT, 117.0 DWT. Loa: 41.40. m, Beam: 9.90. m. Hence the 'grandfather rule' can be applied subject to flag.

She was converted and rebuilt several times for various research and survey campaigns and was renamed MARS CHASER in 2001, finally the THOR CHASER in 2012. She was equipped as a standby, escort & guard vessel. In this role, (as MARS CHASER) she had a 5 year stint in the Mediterranean Sea before returning to colder climates to work in the North Sea offshore energy markets again. 

She was used in this role as a ‘Chase Vessel’ for seismic survey campaigns and for guarding offshore wind farms under construction and finally in 2016 to guard a survey vessel in the Porcupine Basin to prevent the 3D seismic survey equipment to be damaged by fishing activity. With her versatile gear on board the vessel she could lift floating equipment and nets on board and return them to the sea when the campaign had passed. Her ample accommodation for up to 36 persons on board, together with her equipment and seakeeping comfort in the rough North Atlantic made her the best candidate for this type of campaign, even when more modern ships were available.

With the downturn of activities in the Oil & Gas industry she was laid-up and consequently sold to her new owner. He decided to offer her for resale due to a change in plans. She can now be acquired at a price of Euro 350,000 in full DNV class, located in Malta. A great candidate for an expeditionary yacht conversion!

Brief specifications:

Built UK 1967, fully rebuilt 1990, last conversion 2012

St Vincent and Grenadines flag, DNV Class

Accommodation for 36 persons

Bollard pull : 16 tons

GRT 523 / NRT 156 - DWT 127 tons - lightship 588,85 tons

Dimensions : Loa 42,15m/Lbp 35,80 x 9.75 m - Depth moulded 7,04 meter - Draft 3,7 m

Main Engines : MAN 2 x G6V235/330 - 2 x 379 KW driving a CPP 3 blade prop

Aux : 1 x Caterpillar WBO 345bhp Generator 230 KW @ 380V

1 x Caterpillar 76bhp Generator 52 KW @ 380V  

Shaft generator 130 KW @ 380V

Speed: 11.5 knots on 3,8 m3 - eco 9 knots on 2,8 m3 - chase speed 6 knots on 1,6 m3

Holds: 1 x 23,3 cbm freezer + 1 x 11.1 cbm freezer + 1 x 5,6 cbm

Bunkers: 100 cbm (Fueltank 88 cbm + 12 cbm in stability tank) 

Lubes: Engine oil 1.1 cbm, Hydraulic oil 0.9 cbm 

Water: 43,08 m3

All particulars are believed to be correct but not guaranteed. All offers are made subject to prior sale, changes in specifications or price and to withdrawal from sales list without notice. Copyright © 2017 Wissmann & Associates LLC, All rights reserved.

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