‘Cap Kersaint’ delivered
Shipyard Piriou has recently delivered a new 60m deepfreezer longliner, ‘Cap Kersaint’, to shipowner Cap Bourbon.
Built by Piriou Vietnam, the vessel was ordered as part of the renewal of the fleet of longliners dedicated to toothfish fishing in the rough seas of the French Southern and Antarctic Territories, including the areas of Kerguelen and Crozet.
Cap Bourbon chose Piriou after the shipyard built its longliner Cap Horn I in 2002. Cap Kersaint is the seventh austral longliner after the 55m series delivered in 2001, 2002 and 2009.
Vincent Faujour, Piriou’s general manager, said, “This new longliner is more reliable and economic and features the first step of the renewal of the toothfish fishing fleet in the French Southern and Antarctic Territories (Exclusive Economic Zone).
“Our close partnership with Cap Bourbon shipowners allowed us to develop our skills and knowledge regarding this type of vessel and confirms our leadership position in this sector. Through this prototype developed with the Norwegian naval architects Skipsteknisk we demonstrated our ability to build in Vietnam fishing vessels to the standard of the North of Europe, an area that is an important target market."
Innovative, energy efficient and ensuring high level of reliability and safety for crew, this longliner features the following main equipment:
- Diesel electric propulsion providing flexible energy management, simplified maintenance and fuel economies
- Two high performance azimuth propellers for better manoeuvrability
- A ‘moonpool’ system with central lines hauling for crew security and better environmental protection
‘Cap Kersaint’ is also equipped with a small rear ramp which is invisible to seabirds to prevent their predation and mortality.
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