Propspeed Selected by the Stark Group
- Commercial & Superyacht
"The benefits of Propspeed are definitely noticeable in terms of a much cleaner propeller when we haul the vessel for survey, maintenance and repairs. Application of Propspeed has now become a must-do job at all haul outs."
Based in Lyttelton, New Zealand and part of the Stark Group of companies owned and operated by the Stark family, Ocean Fisheries Ltd. was started in 1967 to encompass the company’s commercial fishing operations. The fleet currently consists of three trawlers – FV Frontier (launched 2004), FV Legacy (launched 2012) and FV Endeavour (launched 2016) – one of the most modern fleets operating in New Zealand. The three vessels are made of steel and are hauled every two years.
“The benefits of Propspeed are definitely noticeable in terms of a much cleaner propeller when we haul the vessel for survey, maintenance and repairs,” said Andrew Stark, CEO, Ocean Fisheries. “Application of Propspeed has now become a must-do job at all haul outs. In addition, we historically had issues with weed growth on the keel coolers for the main and auxiliary engines, ice maker, hydraulics and echo sounder transducers. After a discussion with Propspeed we applied the product to the echo sounders and keel coolers at our most recent 2020 haul outs and we expect the same lack of growth to occur. We would have no hesitation in recommending other trawl vessel owners apply Propspeed because it severely inhibits weed and marine growth. In the case of the keel coolers it saves us time and money using divers to clean the coolers in water, and increases refrigeration capacity and efficiency by allowing increased cooling capability for much longer periods.”
“We are very pleased to hear a successful commercial fishing fleet is experiencing the real-world benefits of our product line,” said Chris Baird, CEO, Propspeed. “These vessels are put to the test in constant use in very demanding conditions and the livelihood and safety of the crew depends on their flawless operation. We are confident that they will continue to see positive result through the life of these boats.”
Lyttleton, New Zealand
- Protection against fouling
- Cost savings over time