The ninth new tuna purse seiner to be built at Piriou’s yard in Vietnam has been delivered to Via Océan – formerly Armement Saupiquet, and now part of the Bolton Group.
Via Alize joins the company’s current three purse seiners and is designed by Piriou Ingeniere to take into account the latest regulator changes, providing working conditions, rest periods and safety levels that comply with the 2006 Maritime Labour Convention.
‘This choice to partner with the Piriou shipyard to build a modern vessel brings the considerable advantage of complying with French flag rules and regulations, and it also incorporates the latest fishing and refrigeration technologies. This vessel is equipped with the latest technology for environmental and energy efficiency, which is an important step in the renewal of the traditional fishing fleets,’ said Via Océan’s Pierre Palud.
He commented that in full compliance with the ISSF resolution for the conservation and use of tuna stocks, Via Alize replaces an older vessel and contributes to improving EASTI fishing.
The 67.30 metre purse seiner has a 12.40 metre beam and a 1200m3 capacity in 14 wells.
Propulsion systems are optimised for fuel economy. The 3000kW main engine powers a controllable pitch propeller and electrical power is derived from the twin 800kVa gensets and the 1500kVa shaft generator on the reduction gear. Via Alize has a 14 knot service speed and a 55-day endurance.
‘During this special period due to the pandemic, we succeeded in delivering the vessel on time. We would like to thank Via Océan, first of all for trusting us as well as for supervising the shipbuilding together with Piriou under conditions that were sometimes difficult. We are pleased and proud to have Via Océan, and more broadly Bolton Group, among our customers,’ said Piriou CEO Vincent Faujour.
‘This new tuna seiner is a part of a sustainable and responsible fishing approach and will also contribute to respecting the environment and crew wellbeing. We aim to continue supporting vessel operators in renewing their fishing vessels.’