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New Nueva Pescanova vessel heads for Mozambique. The Nueva Pescanova Group has welcomed the new freezer vessel Ponta Matirre to its fleet, which has now left Vigo in Spain for Mozambique.

It is first of the four freezer vessels measuring 32 meters in length to be used for prawn fishing by their subsidiary Pescamar in Mozambique.

The ship, a modern freezer tanker with a capacity for 22 crew members, is part of the construction project of seven new ships with which the company is renewing its fishing fleet in Namibia and Mozambique. Its name, “Ponta Matirre”, was chosen by the captains of Group’s subsidiary themselves, and is a geographical location at the heart of the Sofala bank, the wild prawn fishing ground where the Nueva Pescanova Group operates in Mozambique.

In addition to the four freezers for Mozambique, the company will build three 50-meter-long wetfish trawlers that will be engaged in hake fishing in Namibia. The first of these, the “Lalandii 1”, has already been in operation with the affiliate NovaNam since last November.

All of them will be equipped with cutting-edge technology as well as highly efficient engines, equipment that will improve the on-board processing system, and the working and living conditions for the crew. With this milestone, the company strengthens its commitment, not only for the creation of local employment and economic and social development in all the countries in which it operates, but also for the sustainability and conservation of the environment through cutting-edge vessels that reduce emissions and incorporate state-of-the-art energy-efficient technologies.

To design it, a pioneering tool in the sector was used – virtual reality. The previous visualization of the vessel has allowed for constant improvement in each step of the construction process, thus favoring efficiency in the design and improvement of the vessel.

The construction of the seven vessels is being carried out at the facilities of the Astilleros Armón shipyards in Vigo, and has an investment of 42.5 million euros, creating around 200 jobs in Galicia. This is the most important contract created in Spain by a company in the fishing sector.