New Zealand fishing company Sealord has placed an order for a new factory trawler, the company’s first newbuild for more than twenty years.
The new trawler is designed to be able to process all of Sealord’s target species at sea. The new trawler is designed by Skipsteknisk and the construction contract has gone to Flekkefjord yard Simek which is expected to deliver Sealord’s 82.90 metre new vessel in 2018.
This is Sealord’s first newbuild order since 1996 when its Rehua was delivered.
According to a statement, Sealord’s shareholders,Maori-owned Moana New Zealand (Aotearoa Fisheries Limited) and Japanese company Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd (Nissui) are committed to part-funding the vessel.
Sealord’s Steve Yung described the backing of the company’s shareholders as ‘a clear demonstration of their long-term commitment to the business and support of our commercial and operational strategies.’