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Built by Macduff Shipyards Ltd. for Skipper James West of Peterhead to a high level of specification, the new 21m prawn twin rig trawler Golden Sceptre PD50 represents the most electronically advanced prawn boat to join the Scottish fleet to date.

Golden Sceptre








The Golden Sceptre on sea trials at Macduff

Woodsons of Aberdeen supplied, installed and commissioned the comprehensive parry of electronic equipment fitted in Golden Sceptre’s aluminium wheelhouse, which is fitted out to the high standards Macduff Shipyards are renowned for.

Most of the display screens for the electronic are flush mounted in the main U-shaped forward console that culminates in wing steering consoles housing two sets of Kobelt engine and Scan steering controls.

The navigation consule houses an array of flush mounted monitors

Two NorSap helmsman’s chairs flank a central navigation and comms console. A chart table positioned over storage drawers is located on the starboard side of the wheelhouse aft. Fitted with CCTV displays of hauling activities and a third set of engine/steering controls, the aft trawl console from where the skippers can take full control of shooting and hauling the gear is offset to port.

Bottom sounding and fish detection onboard Golden Sceptre is handled by a Skipper GDF-201 black box sounder operating on 38kHZ. Skipper West also opted to install the unique WASSP multibeam (160kHZ) echosounder from which depth and seafloor hardness information is displayed and also interfaced to the WASSP Navigator seabed mapping system, enabling a wider area of seabed to be accurately mapped more quickly than when using a vertical sounder only. The powerful combination of both WASSP and Navigator software allows a skipper to quickly produce extremely accurate maps of the contours and hardness of the seafloor he is fishing on including mapping obstructions such as pipe lines and wellheads.

Golden Sceptre Main Steering Consol













Golden Sceptre main steering console

Details of the vessel’s location are processed by Koden KGP-913 DGPS and Koden KGP-913 MKII GPS receivers and heading provided a Furuno SC30 GPS gyro compass. Positioning data received is interfaced to the Olex 3D seabed mapping system and Sodena Easywin plotting systems both of which support tidal data, AIS and ARPA tracking.

The two main radars onboard are the newly released Koden MDC2910 BB c/w ARPA and AIS interfaces and a Koden MDC1041 unit. Both radars are interfaced to the Jotron Class A AIS transceiver and with ARPA, provide tracking both within the radars themselves and also through the Olex and Sodena plotters.

Steering and navigation is taken care of by a Navitron NT 921 MK 11 digital autopilot with additional jog levers and rudder indicator. The Ultrasonic wind speed/direction sensor provides real time direction and speed to the Olex plotter which displays this as real and mean time; essential when shooting away the gear and taking the codends onboard.

Communications and safety equipment includes a Sailor 5000 series GMDSS MF/HF SSB, Icom M411 Class D GMDSS and Sailor RT2048 VHFs, Sailor TT3000E GMDSS mini C system, Raymarine Ray 430 loudhailer system; NASA Navtex, Mcmurdo E5 smartfind EPIRB; and a 2 x quad camera CCTV system.

Satellite TV is provided for via the new e-SEA TV system the smallest 3 axis stabilised satellite TV system available today.

Golden Sceptre with e-SEA









e-SEA INTERNET and TV installed on main mast of Golden Sceptre

The e-SEA broadband installation benefits skipper and crew. When planning the Golden Sceptre James West put cutting edge communications at the top of his list of priorities. He is the first newbuild vessel of this size and class to choose the eSEA INTERNET system, installed and commissioned by Woodsons the sole UK distributors of eSEA products. Having considered various other satellite voice and data options and knowing the increasing need and rising costs of both voice and data passing between ship to shore the decision was made easy to install eSEA. 


QuoteOur vessel "Kingdom of Fife" is primarily engaged in a wide range of mooring and navigation buoy maintenance tasks. It has used the e-SEA™ system from Woodsons for some time now, and it has transformed our approach to shipboard communications. Benefiting from always on broadband without punitive data charges has allowed easy communications with the vessel and I am pleased to recommend it to others. Quote

Iain Ross
Marine Operations Director of Briggs Marine

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