Piriou delivers Comata’s new longliner

Piriou delivers Comata’s new longliner The new Île de la Réunion has been delivered to Comata by Piriou Group’s Vietnamese shipyard. Photo: Piriou

Piriou Group’s shipyard in Vietnam has delivered a new ice-class longliner Réunion-based operator Comata to fish for Patagonian toothfish in waters around French TAAF territories.

The new Île de la Réunion II is a 62.80 metre freezer longliner with a 12.40 metre breadth, designed by Piriou Ingenierie. It was ordered in June 2017, and replaces the older Île de la Réunion, which was built by Piriou in 2002 and which is now expected to be converted to operate as a fisheries patrol vessel.

The new vessel is equipped with diesel-electric propulsion with two 900kW propulsion systems providing flexibility in energy management, simplified maintenance and fuel savings. Power is provided by four 975kVa diesel engines.

Île de la Réunion II has tank capacity for 525m3 of fuel and 110m3 of fresh water.

Mustad supplied the longline system, which is hauled through a moonpool, contributing to better catch quality and safer working conditions for the crew.

In order to be able to operate in zero discard areas, this new generation longliner is also equipped with a treatment plant for fishing waste. This is ground and stored in two dedicated tanks with a 95m3 combined capacity.

This delivery to Comata is a confirmation of the long relationship the Piriou yard has enjoyed with Comata, the Scapêche group and their Mousquetaires parent company.

“We are proud and delighted to continue this longstanding collaboration with Comata and the Scapêche group,” said Piriou CEO Vincent Faujour

“With this new generation longliner, we continue to support our customers in renewing their fleet for toothfish fishing in the EEZs of the French Southern and Antarctic Territories.”

He added that the recently established Piriou Reunion will also enable the company to provide support to this new vessel in the Indian Ocean.

“We continue to support our customers where they need us,” Vincent Faujour said.

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