New $70 mil­lion Sealord deep sea trawler chris­tened

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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.

SEALORD In port: Ea­gle, 1,355 tons, un­load fish, MCQN; Voy­ager P, 321 tons, un­load fish, LU3; Tau­dre, 224 tons, berth only, SY; Thomas Har­ri­son, 1,048 tons, un­load fish, Sealord; Aukaha, 1,226 tons, un­load fish, load bunkers, Sealord; Sea Ranger, 334 tons

The Tokatu un­der con­struc­tion in Flekke­fjord, Nor­way.

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