YANMAR Supports the Modernization of Tuna Fishing in Vietnam
August 1, 2014
Yanmar Co., Ltd.
YANMAR announces that it is undertaking a project to help modernize Vietnam’s tuna fishing industry. The company plans to use its unique expertise and solutions from years of experience in Japan’s fishing industry to help tackle the issues in the Vietnamese market, which has seen high levels of growth in recent years.
Exports from Vietnamese fisheries represent a significant share of the world market, and constitute a major industry for the country. Over 90,000 fishing boats operate in Vietnam, but almost all are made of wood with lower levels of fuel efficiency and speed, along with other factors that have a considerable impact on the environment.
In recognition of these issues, YANMAR will begin offering its unique solutions to Vietnam this summer. The company will run programs and tests to increase the use of sustainable fishing methods, increase tuna fishermen’s profitability, make fishing boats more energy efficient and maintain the freshness and quality of the fish caught.
The project will be coordinated with the University of Nha Trand Ship Institute (UNISHIP) to modernize the fishing boats in the provinces of Khánh Hòa, Phú Yên and Bình Định located in the south central coast region. The goal is to finish a prototype fishing boat by the beginning of August, and to run trials starting in September. YANMAR also plans to collect data on carbon dioxide reduction from the prototype fishing boat.
The prototype of the fishing boat will be created using a YANMAR ship model with a fiberglass hull. The ship will be 54 feet (18 meters) long, weigh 35 tons and feature a 350 hp YANMAR clean diesel engine.
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Public Relations Group
General Affairs Div., YANMAR Co., Ltd.