As part of expansion plans,West African leading fishing firm,Atlantic Shrimpers Limited , ASL, has unveiled two state of- the -arts fishing trawlers to further boost its leadershipÂ position in the seafood sector in sub-Saharan Africa.
TheÂ two vessels, â€˜Stars Iâ€™ and â€˜Seven Stars IIâ€™ were unveiled by the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural development, Senator Heineken LokpobiriÂ atÂ Kirikiri Lighter Terminal Phase I, Apapa, Lagos and formedÂ part of what has been the largest investment in the West African fishing industry in the last 28 years,demonstrating the company and itsÂ shareholdersâ€™ recognition that material investment is essential inÂ complex and vertically integrated industry.
Commissioning the vessels, Lokpobiri commended the firm on theÂ feat which he said would not only generate employment, , replace aging vessels and processing technology but also usher in new opportunities.
â€œOur ultimate goal is to attain self-sufficiency in fish and aquaculture production and the ministry is striving to create an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive and fill in the missing gap as the ministry has placed fisheries and aquaculture top among its value chains development programme.â€
â€œItâ€™s a great privilege that Iâ€™m doing this today . ASL has consistently displayed an unwavering commitment to delivering the absolute best to the Nigerian market and beyond, while being environmentally responsible in the process.â€
According to the Managing Director of the firm, Kamlesh Kabra, the latest is a proof of companyâ€™s continued dedication to invest in Nigeria.
â€œWe are proud of the fact that we are developing products in which Nigeria has a competitive edge, all of which are locally produced and where Nigerians add value within Nigeria. Our continued investment in the sector will definitelyÂ contribute to Nigeriaâ€™s food security as well as improve itsÂ trade balance in the international marketsâ€.
ASL notable for the production and exportation of frozen shrimp, fish and value added products ,through its retail outlets, â€˜The Fish Shopâ€™ has been active in shrimp trawling since the 1990s when it commenced with just 15 trawlers.
Since then, they have continuously invested in the Nigerian economy, growing the fleet to over 72 trawlers and investing in their own Dry Dock to facilitate in-house maintenance of their fleet.