Focus on quality

Since it was founded in 1981, Larsnes Mek Verksted has carried out repair, reconstruction and conversion work on a variety of vessels including fishing boats, ferries and cargo vessels. In 1996 the company also moved into the new build construction and outfitting market. Larsnes is focused on the three values of quality, aesthetics and economics and on delivering vessels, which meet these standards. Since 1999 Larsnes has also had spare parts and service responsibility for all Yanmar medium speed engines for propulsion, which are delivered to Norway.

Jarle Gunnarstein, managing director of Larsnes, comments on the company’s main clients: “Over the last ten years we have built 18 vessels and currently have another three new boats on order. These 18 boats comprise 15 fishing vessels, one live fish carrier, one research vessel and one seismic support vessel. Our main customers operate within fishing , as indicated by the vessel figures, and these contracts were for five longliners, and ten purse seiners and pelagic trawlers.”

Based on the west coast of Norway, the company is well placed for work within the Norwegian Sea and even down towards the North Sea. “Our main market is within Norway,” explains Jarle. “But we have completed a new build fishing vessel for a client in Killibegs, Ireland called the M/V ‘Pacelli’. We have also undertaken repair work for customers in Whalsay in the Shetland Islands on the M/V ‘Antares’ og M/V ‘Zephyr’.

Larsnes prides itself on its dedicated approach and ability to build custom boats to meet clients’ individual requirements and specifications. This capability is the result of the company’s diverse experience and broad expertise, supported by its skilled employees. “One of our key strengths is our very long experience working on fishing vessels, which we can draw on when working on other projects. We are a small yard so we have a very focused approach to each project and maintain staff with high levels of competency in our core services,” says Jarle.

By identifying the needs of each client Larsnes is able to produce cost-effective solutions balanced with efficient work schedules, without compromising on quality. Jarle comments: “We normally work very closely with the customers to understand exactly what facilities and capabilities they require from the vessel. Throughout the building process of a new vessel we believe that teamwork between the customer, designer and shipyard is vital to produce a good final result.”

Recently Larsnes secured a major new contract for two new vessels, as Jarle highlights: “The contract is for two big purse seiner vessels for a Norwegian ship owner – the M/V ‘Eros’ and M/V ‘Kings Bay’. Expected delivery date for the M/V ‘Eros’ is June 2012 and for the M/V ‘Kings Bay’ is December 2012. Both vessels will be 77.5 metres long with a 16.6 metre beam.” Other typical contracts for Larsnes include the M/S ‘Ro Fjord’, which was designed by Skipskompanse AS. The hull was constructed at the Crist S.A. shipyard in Poland and then delivered to Larsnes for completion and equipment. A wellboat for fish handling and transportation, the vessel is one of the largest of its kind at 71.93 metres in length and 15 metres wide, with a cargo volumes of 2700 metres cubed and a payload of 400 tonnes of live fish. It was completed and delivered to the client, Rohav AS, at the end of 2009. Another notable contract was with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) for a research vessel. Facilities included a mess and day room, which can also be used for conferences of up to 25 people, and a wet lab. The ship is specially designed for low hydro-acoustic noise, with all generators mounted on a double elastic dampened frame, and one mounted in a noise and vibration dampening cabinet.

Looking at other investments Jarle says: “We have just completed the construction of a new quay, which cost 12.5 million NOK and we will also be investing in a new crane to further improve our facilities.” The substantial new investment will expand the company’s quay capacity enabling it to undertake more projects. The new concrete quay is approx 130 metres long and will function as an outfit quay for fishing vessels being repaired at the yard.

Next year marks Larsnes’ 30th year of operation – a considerable achievement for any company. Jarle describes why the company has been so successful: “Naturally we plan to hold a big celebration to mark the anniversary. I believe the company’s success is down to our adaptability. Although we began in the repair business, over the years we have been able to apply our experience and core competencies to other vessels and other services such as new build vessels. This ingrained knowledge base has enabled us to continue to develop the business and overcome challenges.”

One of the biggest of these challenges has been the recent economic downturn, which has had a far-reaching impact across many different industries – one that can still be felt. Despite this Larsnes is seeing growing indications of the market upturn: “As the after effects of the recession begin to slow down we’ve seen more enquiries regarding fishing vessels over the last year. So we would expect there to be some new fishing vessel contracts over the next one to three years, as the market continues to recover,” adds Jarle.

With this in mind he concludes with Larsnes’ plans for taking the company forwards: “I believe that the company is currently at a comfortable and operable size with a strong workforce of approximately 50 employees and we hope to sustain this in the future. On larger projects subcontractors can support our workforce where necessary. Over the next five years I think our core focus of new vessel construction will remain the same, although we may see activity from different market areas. This may include companies operating in the oil industry, although this is dependent on the price of oil. Whilst we expect to continue to build some fishing vessels every year, I believe we will see less contracts for supply vessels and more for specialist vessels such as seismic vessel, research ships.”

Substantial new two vessel contract

Investment in new quay facility

New build and repair services