Turkiye’s Tersan Shipyard launches Canada’s largest fishing trawler

The Tersan Shipyard in Yalova,,northwest Turkiye, is one of the Europe’s biggest shipyards. This privately-owned modern shipyard is renowned for ship repairs, conversions and shipbuilding, and prides itself on its green credentials.

At the end of October, Tersan launched NB1117, a factory freezer stern trawler — named Inuksuk II — that was built for Niqitaq Fisheries in Canada. The vessel is the third the Turkish shipyard has produced for a Canadian customer.

Inuksuk II measures 80 meters long and 18 meters wide, and will be put to use in single and twin trawl operations to catch Greenland halibut and shrimps in the North Atlantic and polar areas. The vessel will be kitted out with equipment to allow the crew to process their catch and freeze it onboard.

The ship’s capacity of 1,320 tons of frozen-at-sea Greenland Halibut or 930 tons of shrimp means that coast-to-coast it will be the largest Canadian-owned fishing vessel.

The contract to build the new vessel was signed by Tersan and Niqitaq Fisheries in February 2022.

Designed by Skipsteknisk Norway and built at Tersan under supervision of DNV Class Society, Inuksuk II will accommodate 38 people on board with spacious living areas and social amenities.

Niqitaq Fisheries is a fully owned subsidiary of Baffin Fisheries Coalition, a leading commercial fishing enterprise in Northern Canada, harvesting more than 10,000 tons of Greenland Halibut (turbot) and cold-water shrimp annually. Their current fleet consists of three factory fishing vessels, with its fourth, Inuksuk II, its biggest.

The Canadian Ambassador to Turkiye, Kevin Hamilton, shares the news about Canada’s new fishing vessel

About Tersan Shipyard

Part of the Tersan Group, which was established in the 1990s, Tersan Shipyard in located in Altınova, Yalova, and specialises in the building, conversion and repairing of vessels, including tankers, technologically advanced offshore, fishing, passenger and other types of specialist vessels.

Together with Tersan’s second shipyard in Tuzla, Istanbul, the company employs around 5,500 people. Tersan has built over 100 ships, acquiring a strong reputation for its high quality work and punctual delivery times.

In 2011, Tersan Shipyard built the world’s first LNG-powered coaster and also built Turkiye’s first turn-key offshore and fishing vessel. Since then, Tersan has gained considerable experience in building LNG and battery operated vessels, alongside new value-added niche ships of many types and sizes.

It has been Turkiye’s leading shipbuilder with many international customers. As a result, Tersan has  won the award as the sector’s top exporter for seven in the past eight years.

Inuksuk II is launched into the water by Tersan on 31 Oct. 2023