Nueva Pescanova Group has taken delivery of the new 32 metre Ponta Macalonga, the latest newbuild in the company’s extensive fleet renewal programme taking place in both Mozambique and Namibia.
Ponta Macalonga is a freezer beam trawler for shrimp fishing for Nueva Pescanova subsidiary Pescamar in Mozambique. It has been built to incorporate the latest technology and energy-efficient propulsion with a 700kW main engine, resulting in reduced consumption and emissions. It also has an improved catch handling and processing system, a higher level of crew accommodation and facilities for trainees as Nueva Pescanova Group is supporting maritime fisheries training in Mozambique in collaboration with the Public-Private Partnership for Development (PPPD).
According to the company, the new vessels being built by the Nueva Pescanova Group for its subsidiaries in Namibia and Mozambique contribute to 10 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially those related to responsible production and consumption, innovation, the promotion of economic growth and employment, and the conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources.
José María Benavent and Ignacio González, chairman and CEO of the Nueva Pescanova Group, took part in the delivery and blessing ceremony. Ponta Macalonga is due to leave Spain for the port of Beira, where it will begin this year’s Mozambique fishing season, which starts at the beginning of April.