The dedicated longline fishing vessel, which is 30 metres long and 8 metres wide, is the largest fibre glass vessel to be built in the Southern Hemisphere.
The vessel, according to the company, is propelled by an engine of 800 HP, giving it a top speed in excess of 10 knots.
Recently, the board of directors from both Marco Fishing and Mekarilakha Fishing made up of Peter Sylvester, Gabriel Uahengo, Appie Louw, Steve Kuverua, Shadreck Mwilima, Bernhard Gawanab and Samuel Karigub, visited the vessel at St Helena Bay.
“With the additional hake quota available to the company the board made the decision in middle 2016 to expand the factory and the Marco fleet by ordering a new hake longline vessel,” the company said in a statement.
Marco Fishing has, since its partnership with Mekarilakha Fishing, embarked on a substantial expansion strategy both on land and at sea, with the construction project for the Lüderitz factory upgrade and enlargement well under way.
“With this, Marco Fishing (Pty) Ltd has re-emphasised its commitment to the regional development and specifically investment in the town of Lüderitz. The new factory and related processing capability as well as the new vessel will result in additional job creation in excess of 100 people,” the company said.
Marco Fishing is one of the smaller hake right holders and has been operating in Lüderitz since 1993.
The company has also diversified by investing in the large pelagic sector.