The fleet of fishing boats of Mozambican tuna fishing company Ematum will be complete in May, when the last six new vessels are expected to be delivered and will join 18 that were previously received, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.
Ematum, a company with public and private capital focused on fishing for tuna and other marine resources, was established in 2013, and its fleet includes a total of 24 vessels.
According to the information provided Thursday in Maputo at a meeting on the business opportunities opening up within the tuna value chain, the company’s vessels have a capacity of 30 tons of fish and a range of ten days at sea.
The first significant business opportunity is in training and recruitment of Mozambican staff to operate the boats in order gradually to replace majority foreign staff.
Other opportunities are in the areas of supply of food for the crew, spare parts, lubricants and fuel oils, hooks, safety equipment, tuna and derivatives processing companies and other utensils that are currently imported from countries such as Venezuela, China, Korea and the United States of America.
The Minister of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries, Agostinho Mondlane, who attended the meeting, said the government had decided to create Ematum, as part of the implementation of the 2010-2019 Fisheries Master Plan, taking into account the potential available in the coastal zone of the Indian Ocean, including Mozambique. (macauhub/MZ)