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Thursday, February 21, 2019 

The first four of a new class of tuna long liner cum gillnetter fishing vessels designed and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited, with assistance of Department of Fisheries, Govt of Tamilnadu, have now departed from the yard.

The vessels were flagged off by the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, Thiru Edappadi K Palaniswamy. The yard is building a total of 16 tuna long lining and gillnetting fishing vessels under a Government diversification scheme, which is offering financial assistance. Although the current batch of 16 vessels has been built under the government scheme, the yard is said to be keen to move into commercial production.

The boats are designed and built as up-to-date high quality fishing vessels with modern navigation and communication equipment and advanced net hauling and liner winches. Other facilities include galleys, bio-toilet, refrigerated seawater system and stainless steel clad insulated fish hold to preserve the fish catch. They are built for fishing expeditions up to three weeks in duration, and are expected to help the Indian Fishing Community migrate to more sustainable deep sea fishing.

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