The history of the Van Seters family in Stellendam goes back more than 65 years. The 78-year-old Eduard van Seters says that 63 years ago his father started independently with a small beam trawler of under 20 meters in length.
However, at that time his grandfather already had a fishing company with the small boats SL-5 and the SL-31.
Johan and Anne-Marie, Eduard’s son and daughter-in-law, currently run the family company and while his 27-year old grandson Edwin skippers Johannes SL-27.
SL-27 came into service in September 2008 after the former beam trawler had undergone a real metamorphosis, with a lot of personal input from Johan van Seters himself and his wife Anne-Marie. What was envisioned almost twelve years ago has all come true in the new Anne-Marie SL-26. The larger (35.8 metre) SL-27 functions excellently.
‘It’s a perfect ship’, Johan Van Seters said. ‘And within this smaller format, the new fly-shooter is broadly a copy of the SL-27.’
Skipper on the new SL-26 is Niels van der Plas from Katwijk. He skippered the current SL-27 for several years but now Johan and Anne-Marie van Seters’ son Edwin takes responsibility for this vessel. Johan van Seters, his son Edwin and skipper Niels van der Plas having many years of experience in fly-shooting in the English Channel and the North Sea.
SL-26’s fishing trials with engineers from all companies concerned were successfully completed in the first week of September, and on Friday 3rd September the new Anne-Marie SL-26 landed 653 kilos of mackerel after a single haul before sailing for its first full trip.
After three days of fishing in the English Channel the new fly-shooter discharged its catch on a lorry in Oostende, with the fish trucked to IJmuiden to be auctioned on Tuesday morning 7th September. The catch of 170 boxes (40 kg) returned a good result as fish prices are high. About 3900 kilos of red mullet and 680 kilo of red gurnard were included.
‘Anyway, catches like this give hope for the future,’ Eduard van Seters said.
The new fly-shooter is an expansion of the family company. With the addition of the new SL-26, the Stellendam fleet consists seven fishing vessels; four fly-shooters, one large beamer, one Eurocutter and one small shrimp trawler. In the 1960s Stellendam had approximately 18 fishing vessels, mainly small beamers and shrimp trawlers with an average length of 18 metres.
The new Anne-Marie SL-26 has an overall length of 24.95 metres and a breadth of 8.50 metres, and is virtually identical to Luut Senior UK-124, owned by T. De Boer & Sons.
The shape of the wheelhouse is different from the other fly-shooters built by Padmos. SL-26 has an 800hp, 6-cylinder Mitsubishi main engine and two Mitsubishi auxiliary generators. Van Stigt delivered the Twin Disc gear box and Promarin the propeller and nozzle. The catch handling system is from AFAK (Katwijk). Roeleveld Scheveningen supplied the chiller system and icemakers.
The deck is laid out with split net drums mounted in the aft gantry and the seine/trawl winches are controlled by a Marelec trawl computer with options for automatic modes. The SL-26 is built under the direction of Padmos Stellendam. Carpentry company IJtama completed the accommodation and wheelhouse. Wetec fitted the electrical systems on board the Anne-Marie, and the fishfinding, navigation and communications electronics were delivered by DE Maritime.
VCU delivered the seine ropes, and the seine net gear used on board both of the family’s vessels are produced in-house, with the assistance of specialists from Coöperatie Westvoorn in Stellendam.