By Confidente reporter
LUDERITZ-based hake fishing companies, NovaNam & Lalandii, have commenced with the cutting of steel to build the first of the three brand new vessels, an investment commitment made in 2017.
This first vessel will be incorporated into the Luderitz operations of Lalandii in 2019, and the other two vessels for NovaNam in 2020. All three vessels will be specially adapted to operate in Namibia’s waters. The vessels will meet the specific value as well as needs of the state-of-the-art processing facilities on land in Luderitz.
With these three new vessel investments, which will total N$ 450 million, NovaNam and its affiliate, Lalandii, both with the backing of Nueva Pescanova, have given clear signals of their commitment to Namibia and the fishing industry.
NovaNam was established in 1990, and Lalandii was acquired by NovaNam in 2005 after it being placed into liquidation by its previous owners.
Both these companies employ a total of 2 100 employees in Namibia, of which 1 800 are based in the wet fish operations in Luderitz. A further 300 people are employed between NovaNam’s freezer fleet operations at sea and in the value add factory on land in Walvis Bay.
All three new vessels will include high-efficiency and carbon emission friendly engines and the latest onboard processing equipment and systems, as well as accommodation. The vessels will also house facilities which will provide greater comfort and enhanced quality of life and working conditions for all the crew.
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