Less than a month after Ponta Macalonga began its voyage to Beira, Nueva Pescanova Group has celebrated the delivery ceremony of its new vessel for its Mozambique subsidiary Pescamar.
The new Ponta Timbue is a modern freezer outrigger trawler that will sail shortly for to begin fishing for prawns in Mozambique waters.
The ceremony was attended by Nueva Pescanova Group chairman José María Benavent and CEO Ignacio González, as well as Luis Quinteiro, Bishop of the Diocese of Tui-Vigo.
Just like its predecessors, Ponta Macalonga and Ponta Matirre, Ponta Timbue features a highly energy-efficient 700kW main engine, minimising energy consumption and emissions, and a new generation of equipment on board. The new fleet marks a turning point for Pescamar in terms of production, thanks to improved on-board processing systems including a by-catch and waste separation area, a product cooling system, and a water and air washer.
The series of new shrimpers have been built at Astilleros Armón, with virtual reality used in the design process, allowing the entire layout and interior of the vessel to be visualised in advance.
The 32.10 metre Ponta Timbue, which can has accommodation complying with ILO standards for up to 22 crew, also features a cabin for trainees, making it part of the maritime fisheries training programme launched by the Group, in collaboration with the Public-Private Partnership for Development (PPPD).
Through these new vessels, the company contributes to ten of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – specifically those related to responsible production and consumption, innovation, economic growth and employment creation, and the conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources.
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