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B44 Stella Nova

The Stella Nova: A Modern Prawn Powerhouse Arrives in Ireland

Mooney Boats Ltd. in Killybegs, Co. Donegal, Ireland, recently delivered the state-of-the-art prawn freezer trawler, Stella Nova DA 57, to the Supreme Fishing Company (operated by Niall Connolly and Seamus Connolly Jnr.). This vessel marks a significant addition to the company’s fleet and exemplifies the continued success of Irish boatbuilders.

B44 Stella Nova

Vessel Specifications
Year Built2019
Yard NoB44
Length overall23.99m
Breadth7.40m
Draught5.86m
Cruising Speed10 Knots
Number of crew8
Main EnginesMitsubishi S6R2-T2MPTK-15
GearboxReintjes Gearbox
Stern GearConventional shaft drive
Hull MaterialSociety Approved Grade A Steel
FlagIrish Flag
Classification SocietyBureau Veritas

Following a Proven Design

The Stella Nova reflects the satisfaction Supreme Fishing Company has with its previous vessel, Patrick C DA 77, also built by Mooney Boats. Sharing a similar hull design, engine room machinery, and overall layout ensures optimal performance and familiarity for the crew.

Built for Efficiency and Quality

Niall Connolly praises the high standards of both build quality and finish in Stella Nova. This focus on detail ensures the vessel is not only functional but will endure the rigors of commercial fishing for years to come.

Targeting Irish Sea Prawn Stocks

With Cornelis Schaap and Darren O’Brien at the helm, Stella Nova will primarily target prawn stocks in the Irish Sea. The caught prawns will be frozen at sea and landed at Clogherhead Fishermen’s Co-Operative for export to European markets. The vessel is also equipped for seasonal fishing of squid and cuttlefish, further diversifying its catch potential.

A Symbol of Irish Collaboration

Stella Nova stands as a testament to the strength of Ireland’s maritime industry. Mooney Boats’ collaboration with local companies, insured by C N Chambers Ltd. of Kilkeel, showcases the expertise and successful partnerships that contribute to the country’s innovative fishing fleet.