First Piriou tuna seiner for Via OcéanTuna purse seiner Via Alizé has been delivered by Piriou to Via Océan. Photo: Piriou

Despite challenges presented by the pandemic, Piriou’s yard in Vietnam has completed a new metre tuna purse seiner, with delivery on time.

Built for Via Océan, previously the Saupiquet fishing company and now part of the Bolton Group, the 67 metre Via Alizé has a 12.40 metre breadth and a 1200m3 capacity in 14 wells. This is the ninth tuna seiner to be built at the Piriou yard in Vietnam since construction of new vessels began there in 2010.

“Under the difficult circumstances due to pandemic, we have succeeded in delivering the vessel in due time. We would like to thank Via Océan for entrusting this project to us, as well as for supervising the construction together with Piriou under conditions were sometimes difficult,” said Piriou CEO Vincent Fajour.

“We are pleased and proud to have Via Océan and the Bolton Group among our customers. This new tuna seiner is a part of a sustainable and responsible fishing approach and will also contribute to respecting environment and crew wellbeing.”

The design of Via Alizé, developed by Piriou Ingenierie, takes into account a number of regulatory changes, contributing to a higher standard of working conditions, rest period requirements and crew safety, in accordance with the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 rules.

Via Océan’s technical manager Pierre Palud commented that the decision to build with Piriou means that the new vessel is fully compliant with French requirements and also incorporates the latest fishing and refrigeration technologies.

“This is an important step in the renewal of traditional fishing fleets,” he said, commenting that accommodation is designed for a crew of 23 to to the highest standards.

“This type of vessel is a great asset for the future of Via Océan, increasing our fleet to four vessels. The concept of this tuna seiner is to be smaller in size but the right tool to evolve towards increasingly sustainable fishing. The Bolton group is determined to operate alongside contributing to safeguarding stocks and ensuring quality and traceability. This important investment also shows our commitment towards the future of the wild tuna industry which is the basis for one of the best and most healthy foods in the world.”

Fitted out with optimised propulsion systems, including a controllable pitch propeller and a 1500kVa shaft alternator coupled to the reduction gear allowing better use of energy, Via Alizé has a 3000kW main engine and a pair of 800kVa auxiliaries.

Fuel capacity is 350m3 and 30m3 of fresh water can be carried. Endurance is for up to 55 days.

Bopp supplied Via Alizé’s deck equipment, and Piriou delivered the new vessel with a 10 metre steel skiff and a speedboat.

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