New Caledonia fishing company Navimon has placed an order with the Piriou yard for eight new longliners for delivery over the coming two years.
A subsidiary of semi-public company Sodil and the largest fishing company in New Caledonia, Navimon operates eight longliners that were delivered by Piriou between 1998 and 2000. By renewing its fleet, Navimon expects to be able to offer its crews higher levels of comfort, to optimise maintenance and to update its position on safety and environmental requirements.
The first two of the new vessels are scheduled to be delivered in late 2018 and the other six before the end of 2020. The 340kW, 20.70 metre LOA, 6.90 metre beam longliners are designed to have a 75 cubic metre hold capacity consisting of 50 cubic metres at 0°C plus a 25 cubic metre space refrigerated to -20°C
The new vessels are expected to operate on a similar pattern to that of the vessels they replace, fishing for tuna with longlines inside the New Caledonia EEZ
‘We are very happy we have retained Navimon’s confidence as a long-time customer over nearly twenty years after their first vessels,’ said Piriou Group’s general manager Vincent Faujour.
‘Following our latest orders and deliveries to the island of La Reunion, this new contract allows us to maintain and increase our presence in the sector of artisanal and industrial fishing both in the French Overseas Territories and in France’.