The 74 metre LOA, 16 metre beam Calvert, being built at the Tersan Shipyard in Turkey for Canadian company Ocean Choice International, has been launched at the yard.
The launch ceremony was attended by the management of both Ocean Choice and Tersan, as well as local authorities and Turkey’s Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank.
The new trawler is designed by Norwegian naval architect Skipsteknisk and is scheduled for delivery at the end of this year.
Calvert’s design incorporates a great deal of ‘green’ technology.
‘The broad suite of technology and energy efficiency investments in this vessel will contribute to the introduction of one of the most modern and efficient fishing vessels in the Canadian fleet,’ said Ocean Choice’s president Blaine Sullivan.
The bulk of the species the new trawler will operate on are either certified by the Marine Stewardship Council or are part of a robust Fishery Improvement Programme.
Calvert is expected to create approximately 70 new, full-time, your-round positions, and the onboard processing technologies will maximise yield, while minimising processing times.
‘The addition of this modern vessel illustrates Ocean Choice’s long-term commitment to Newfoundland and Labrador,’ said Martin Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer at Ocean Choice.
‘We are dedicated to growing our seafood business responsibly, and this strengthens our ability to provide superior quality product that our customers have come to expect, while minimising our impact on the environment. This is an investment in our province’s fishery, and its future.’