Falkland Islands Consolidated Fisheries Ltd. new longliner was launched in Spain last 20 July at an event attended by a number of CFL staff, directors, and Galician business people linked to the fishing industry.
Built to CFL's specification by Nodosa Shipyard, in Marín, Galicia, the CFL Hunter will be fitted out in the next six months and is scheduled to be officially handed over to the Falklands' company sometime in February 2017.
A spokesperson for the company said: This will be a very significant and more formal event than the launch last week which was a milestone moment for CFL but represented a normal marker in the shipbuilding process for Nodosa.
The CFL Hunter will replace the CFL Gambler which has been fishing for the company since March 2004 and is believed to be the first ship ever built solely with Falkland Islands’ capital.
According to Nodosa shipyard, CFL Hunter is 59.5 meters long, 12.5 meters beam, and marks a milestone regarding design, equipment and respect for the environment. Nodosa is also building a second vessel for the Falklands, a freezer trawler ordered by Kalamar Ltd, which should be delivered sometime in the first quarter of next year.
Armon Vigo is also busy with a 52 meters long, 12.8 meters beam, state of the art scientific research vessel for Inidep, Argentina's Fisheries research and development institute. Work was started last March and she should be delivered in 18 months.