Ltd. today (Monday 13 June 2005) launched their new 40-metre mussel
dredger. The mv Rona, built at a cost of €3.1 million, is the first
of a new generation of environmentally friendly mussel harvesting,
husbanding and dredging vessels specifically built for Irish sea-going
Built in Holland, the vessel cost
€3.1 million and received State and EU grant assistance of €1.26
million. The vessel is equipped to the highest modern standards
and represents a new environmental, safety and quality benchmark
for the industry. The mv Rona was designed to comply with new regulations
from the Marine Safety Office and will ensure worker safety and
comfort when operating in open Irish sea conditions.
Speaking at the launch, BIM’s Chairman,
Hugh Byrne said, “I am delighted to be here to welcome, on behalf
of BIM, this state-of-the-art vessel, that represents so well, the
future picture of the Irish mussel industry. My hope for the future
is that from plankton to plate, as much of the activity as possible
in the mussel farming industry is kept around the coasts of Ireland
and that it will continue to provide vital employment and wealth
creation in many of Ireland’s coastal communities”.
The mv Rona will strengthen the Atlanfish
raw material supply base and its ability to compete on global markets
for added-value shellfish products.