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Piriou To Deliver Two New Seiners To Sapmer

The Piriou shipyard in Vietnam will deliver two new tuna purse seiner vessels to major French fishing company, Sapmer, by early 2015. This will take Sapmer’s fleet up to nine vessels, with an order for a tenth ship in discussion. 

Just last month, Sapmer saw the delivery of its 7th seiner “Belle Isle” ready to join its tuna fishing fleet. The vessel was also constructed at Piriou shipyard and paves the way for a more long-term partnership with Sapmer in the building of its boats.

The ships will be of a next generation of increasingly economical purse seiners, and will follow the design of the company’s existing 80-meter long vessels. The ships will be built with the potential to operate in both the Indian Ocean and the Pacific, where a deal has been made with Papua New Guinea, giving fishing rights for ten Sapmer vessels to fish in its waters.

Reports in February revealed that Sapmer and Piriou were teaming up to build a tuna processing facility in Papua New Guinea, a joint project worth USD 500 million. Plans included the construction of a 300 meter-long fisheries wharf, and a value added tuna processing plant.

The French company also opened a new tuna processing plant in Port Louis, Mauritius, last month. ‘Indian Ocean Tuna Processing Services Limited,’ with a 21,000 ton annual tuna production capacity will join the company’s other 9,000 ton annual production capacity tuna plant in the country.

The vessels ordered by Sapmer are already undergoing construction, built at the spacious site of Minh Hai in Vietnam. The investment is thought to accelerate production for the shipyard, with hopes to produce four such vessels each year.