Vanuatu’s long awaited project, the Sino-Van Fisheries Plant will be officially launched on the 25th of this month.
The official launch date and announcement was made by the Director General of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity, Moses Amos after a Board meeting of Sino-Van last week.
Director General Amos said the official launch ceremony will take place in two different sites; the first one will be at the former Fisheries Department at Nambatri where it will be the landing, offloading and uploading base of the fish coming in from the bigger boats.
He said the second part of the ceremony will take place at the Sino-Van Fisheries Plant at Blacksands where invited guests and visitors will be taken around for a tour of the plant.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Michael Jiang said an off loader ship will be expected to arrive that day with around 40 tonnes of frozen tuna for export.
He said it will be the first time also for ni-Vanuatu to sample a taste of fresh yellow fin and big eye tuna to celebrate the official launch of the plant.
Jiang said it is expected a joint memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed on that day between Sino-Van and the Government.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade, Tourism, Commerce, Industry and Ni-Vanuatu Business, Jotham Napat and the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity, Matai Seremiah paid a site visit to the offloading site at Nambatri and to the Plant at Blacksand to inspect the existing facilities that are currently being refurbished to prepare for the grand launching ceremony.
Meanwhile, fifty containers of pontoons have arrived into the country and work on the installation of these flat-bottomed bridge or landing stages have began at Nambatri offloading site. The main structure, the pontoons and warehouse were processed in China and were shipped to Port Vila.
According to CEO Michael Jiang, the fisheries project is not only to build a processing plant, but also to build fishery base ranging from fishing to processing and then on to fleet servicing.
“The ultimate goal is to achieve that all fish caught in Vanuatu waters are processed in Vanuatu and sold globally,” he added.
Jian said the future development plan of the company is to ensure that Vanuatu have its own fishing fleet for long-term development and utilization of fishery resources and it is expected Sino-Van will build 30 new fishing boats within three to five years with the support from the Government of China and Vanuatu.
The launch will see the processing plant in operation while the second stage will later include the installation of Canned Food Processing Unit for export.