Lae be­comes re­gional fish-pro­cess­ing cen­tre

Made in PNG - - FEATURE -

Lae is set to be­come the South Pa­cific’s main fish-pro­cess­ing cen­tre, with the open­ing of one mas­sive new can­nery, the com­mence­ment of con­struc­tion for an­other, and more on the draw­ing board.

In June 2013, the Thai­land fish­ing com­pany, Thai Union, opened the re­gion’s big­gest fish-pro­cess­ing cen­tre, Ma­jes­tic Seafood. On the same day, Prime Min­is­ter Peter O’Neill turned the soil for an­other new plant—a joint Tai­wanese-Filipino part­ner­ship in­volv­ing Fra­belle Fish­ing Cor­po­ra­tion—which will process 200 met­ric tonnes of fish per day when it opens.

Ma­jes­tic Seafood is a joint ven­ture be­tween Fra­belle Fish­ing Cor­po­ra­tion of the Philip­pines, Philip­pine-based Cen­tury Can­ning Cor­po­ra­tion, and Thai­land’s Thai Union Cor­po­ra­tion (a sub­sidiary of Thai Union Frozen Prod­ucts—the largest tuna can­ner in the world).

In its first phase, the plant will process 150 met­ric tonnes of tuna per day, em­ploy­ing 2500 peo­ple. That will rise to 350 tonnes per day when the sec­ond phase is com­pleted in three-to-five years. Sylvester Poka­jam, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of PNG’s Na­tional Fish­eries Au­thor­ity, told Made in PNG that the Ma­jes­tic plant would even­tu­ally have the ca­pac­ity to process 600 met­ric tonnes of tuna per day.

He said the plant has ‘the most ad­vanced tuna pro­cess­ing equip­ment’ in the world.

Ma­jes­tic Seafood joins two ex­ist­ing pro­cess­ing plants in Lae, run by International Food Cor­po­ra­tion and Fra­belle.

As well, three more can­ner­ies are planned.

The Chi­nese-owned Zhoushan Zhenyang Deep-Sea Fish­ing Com­pany plans to build a tuna loin plant to process 250 to 300 met­ric tonnes per day, em­ploy­ing 3000 lo­cal work­ers.

The Korean firm Dong­won is also seek­ing to build a tuna loin plant, while Nam­bawan Seafood, a joint ven­ture be­tween Trans Pa­cific Jour­ney Cor­po­ra­tion and TSP Marine of the Philip­pines and a Tai­wanese com­pany, is also on the draw­ing board.

Fish pro­cess­ing is a grow­ing sec­tor in PNG.

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