Based in the west of France, Armement Coopératif Artisanal Vendéen (ACAV) has placed an order for a 21 metre gillnetter/longliner to operate in the Bay of Biscay, and with options to fish in the Channel.
The new vessel will be based at Port Joinville on Ile d’Yeu and is to be built for Adrien Develaud, with a delivery date at the end of 2022.
The Piriou yard in Concarneau has a long track record of building more than 250 fishing vessels, including tuna purse seiners, a range of trawler designs and numerous static gear vessels. In 2013 and 2014 Piriou delivered fishing vessels Cayola and Mabon 3 to ACAV.
The new netter/longliner for Adrien Develaud will have a 21 metre overall length with a 7 metre beam, and a steel hull with aluminium superstructure. The 400kW Tier III main engine will power a fixed pitch propeller.
Accommodation is designed for a crew of up to eight and the 60 cubic metre fishroom is expected to be able to hold 500 boxes.
‘This order confirms the yard’s position on the market for coastal fishing vessels and this is a key part of our background. We are competitive in building this type of vessel and pleased to be part in the renewal of this sector of the fleet. Piriou has already built eleven vessels –both trawlers and gill netters – for this Vendée shipowner and we are very proud to be involved again in the development of the fleet of this longstanding customer,’ said Piriou CEO Vincent Faujour.
He commented that the new vessels is the result of a close collaboration between ACAV and Piriou Ingenierie, with particular attention on crew comfort, seakeeping and integration of systems and equipment for easy maintenance. This gill netter will be equipped with a IMO Tier III engine, reducing the vessel’s environmental footprint.
‘ACAV continues the diversification of its fishing fleet, which started in 1967, with trawlers and static gear vessels,’ said ACAV CEO Emmanuel Hubé.
‘ACAV is focusing on artisanal, sustainable and controlled exploitation of the resources and this target is also shared by the vessel owner’s crew and the Piriou group.’
ACAV is the oldest such co-operative on the French west coast, with vessel owners supporting a single entity to handle management, accounting and social affairs. A key aim is to support members in establishing ownership. It currently has 80 fishing vessels in Les Sables d’Olonne and Ile d’Yeu under management and eleven in co-ownership.