New $70 million Sealord deep sea trawler christened
Sealord’s brand new $70m fishing vessel has been given a name as it nears completion in Norway.
The Nelson-based fishing company has named its new 82.9m factory trawler Tokatu.
Translated from Ma¯ori, Toka means rock and Tu means stand, and relates to the phrase ‘‘he tokatu moana’’ – a rock that withstands the ravages of the sea. It is said of a person who can withstand the test of time.
‘‘ Tokatu is a strong name for the first new deep sea fishing vessel in New Zealand for 20 years, built with world class technology, designed to fish all species,’’ a Sealord spokeswoman said. ‘‘A fitting name for what will be Sealord’s most advanced, efficient, versatile and sustainable vessel.’’
A delivery crew is due to travel to Norway soon in preparation for her maiden voyage to New Zealand. The journey, via the Panama Canal, is expected to take 40 days, with the Tokatu arriving in Nelson in early June.
The trawler, which will provide on-board employment for 80 people, has features such as a gym and theatre rooms. Work commenced in January 2017 at the Simek shipbuilders yard in Flekkefjord.
The Tokatu under construction in Flekkefjord, Norway.