Australian Longline announces that it has signed a contract with Norwegian designer Skipsteknisk for a new toothfish vessel that will harvest in Antarctic waters.
The 61.9-meter vessel, Skipsteknisk said in a press release, will be built at Vietnam’s Vard Vung Tau by Norway’s Vard Group and delivered in 2020.
The vessel is based on Skipsteknisk’s ST-156L design and is specifically designed for the severe weather conditions seen in Antarctica.
“Best practice sea capabilities, creating the new longline to become a stable working platform for the entire crew, on endurance up to 150 days has become an important criteria in the design process,” the designer said in a press release.
The vessel can accommodate a crew of 30 and employs 60,000 hooks.