Piriou delivers Southern Ocean longliner to Comata

An ice-class longliner designed for fishing toothfish in the Southern Ocean has been built at Piriou’s Vietnamese shipyard for French fishing company Comata. The new longliner was christened in La Réunion and will start fishing in French Southern and Antartic Territories.

Designed by Piriou Ingenierie, Île de la Reunion II was ordered in July 2017. It has an overall length of 62.80 metres and a beam of 12.40 metres, with a depth to the main deck of 5.50 metres. It is built to operate with a crew of 32.

Île de la Reunion II has a Mustad longline system on board and lines are hauled through a moonpool into a central handling area, providing a more secure working environment for the crew.

There are two 900kW propulsion motors powered by the diesel-electric system, powered in turn by a bank of four 975kVa diesel engines provides a high level of operational flexibility and fuel economy.

To be able to operate in zero discard zones, Île de la Reunion II has a treatment plant for waste, which is stored in twin tanks with a combined capacity of 95 cubic metres.

This delivery is the latest in a long shared history between between Comata, the Scapêche Group and the Piriou shipyard, based at Concarneau in Brittany. In recent years, Piriou has delivered three 46 metre deep-water trawlers and the previous Île de la Reunion, which the new vessel replaces and which was built in 2002.

‘We are proud and pleased to continue a longstanding collaboration with Comata and the Scapêche group,’ said Piriou CEO Vincent Faujour.

‘With this new last generation longliner, we keep continue to support our customers in renewing their fleet for toothfish fishing in the EEZs of the French Southern and Antarctic Territories.’
The recently established Piriou Reunion will also enable the yard to provide support for Comata’s new vessel.

‘Our commitment is to continue supporting our customers where they need us,’ Vincent Faujour said.