French fishing company La Houle, based at St Guénolé in Brittany, has placed an order for a new trawler to be built at Vestværftet in Denmark.
‘We chose to build at Vestværftet after discussions with shipyards in France, Spain and Ireland, and decided on the yard in Denmark as this is some of our shareholders have had fishing vessels built there and their experience of the yard has been excellent,’ said La Houle’s managing director Jacques Pichon.
‘We are working under time constraints as we need the new trawler as soon as possible, plus we were looking for the best ratio of price to quality – and we want a flawless finish,’ he said.
The company has an elderly fleet of trawlers, the newest of which were built around ten years ago, and the new vessel will replace the 30-year-old Pluton, one of the oldest of the La Houle trawlers.
The new twin-rigger is a Vestværft design with a 24.95 metre overall length and a 7.50 metre beam. It will have a 634kW main engine and a package of deck equipment from Bopp.
Delivery is scheduled for mid-August 2021