Fishing vessels divert to Dunedin

The Dong Won 519 in the upper Otago Harbour yesterday, discharging its catch in Dunedin because of freezer space constraints at Timaru. Photo by Craig Baxter.
The Dong Won 519 in the upper Otago Harbour yesterday, discharging its catch in Dunedin because of freezer space constraints at Timaru. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Tight space for fish exports at Timaru have prompted two Dong Won trawlers to visit Dunedin during the past week, discharging their cargoes before heading back to sea.

The 54m Korean-flagged Dong Won 519 was the latest Dong Won vessel to visit Dunedin, having been in the Tasman Sea before berthing yesterday in the upper harbour. It is expected to depart at 10am today.

The 60m Korean-flagged Dong Won 530 arrived last Friday in Dunedin and departed on Saturday, bound for fishing grounds in the Tasman.

Sandford's coldstore at Timaru was extensively damaged by a fire nine days ago, but the fire did not affect its separate fish processing plant.

A spokesman for Dong Won Ltd in Timaru said aside from the fire at Sandford's plant, freezer space had been tight in general at Timaru recently, and depending on space availability, the fishing company was opting to use either Bluff or Dunedin at present.

According to Dong Won's website, the 530 and 519 are two of three trawlers operating in its Pacific fleet. It also has 13 tuna long-lining vessels operating around the Pacific.

Dong Won, which became established in New Zealand in 1985, is based in Seoul and exports its catches to Europe, Japan and China.

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