FV Margiris

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KL 749 Margiris Klaipeda IMO 8301187.jpg
Name: Margiris
Abel Tasman (2012 – 2013)
Margiris (? – 2012)
Annelies Ilena (2006 – ?)
Atlantic Star (1999 – 2006)
Siberian Enterprise (1998 – 1999)
Apollo Two (1997 – 1998)
Builder: Tacoma boat, (Mjellem & Karlsen Verft, Bergen, Norway 1997 rebuild)
Launched: 1984
Renamed: Margiris
Homeport: Klaipėda
Identification:IMO number8301187
MMSI number: 277330000
Call sign: LYRV
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Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Super Trawler
Tonnage: 9,499 GT
6,200 DWT
Length: 136.1 m (447 ft)
Beam: 18 m (59 ft)
Draught: 5.5 m (18 ft)
Decks: 32

FV Margiris is the world's second largest fishing boat. It is a 9,500 GT super trawler and factory ship.[1]

To Australia as Abel Tasman[edit]

In 2012, Seafish Tasmania brought the ship (then named the Abel Tasman) to Australia.[2][3] She was originally authorized to catch a quota of 18,000 tonnes of jack mackerel and redbait along the southern shores of the country.

After protests against her use by environmental and fishing industry groups, the Australian government passed legislation prohibiting the trawler from fishing in Australian waters for two years.[4][5] For this reason, Seafish Tasmania subsequently sold its stake in the vessel to Dutch company Parlevliet & Van der Plas. On March 6, 2013, after six months moored in Australian waters, she left Port Lincoln, having reassumed her original name of Margiris.[6][7]

After leaving Australian waters, the vessel passed through Cook Strait, New Zealand on March 20, 2013. She was now flagged to Lithuania and owned by Atlantic High Sea Fishing Company.

Subsequent issues[edit]

Margiris arrived in Port of Penco, Chile on April 7, 2013. The vessel did not berth and steamed out of the bay to fish.[8] [9]

The Super Trawler issue was subject to a court challenge in 2014 [10] and an Australian Government scientific report published in late 2014.[11] Before and after this report there was reaffirmation that super trawlers over 130 metres, like Margiris, would not be permitted under Australia's environmental protection law, yet controversy continues in Australia about factory-fishing boats.[12]

In late October 2015, the Margiris was fishing off the North west coast of Ireland. The Irish naval service fisheries inspectors refused to board her at sea, due to adverse weather condition. She had departed the waters shortly before the weather improved. In November 2016, the Margiris entered Irish water. The ship had been active for a day when it was boarded by an Irish Naval Service fisheries inspection team.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Minister queries super trawler quota". ABC News. 2012-08-17. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  2. ^ Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National (2012-09-05), Super trawler, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, retrieved 2017-11-20
  3. ^ "Stoush over super trawler port access". ABC News. 2012-08-24. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  4. ^ Australian Broadcasting Corporation. News (2012-09-03), Super-Trawler boss: protests not a concern, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, retrieved 2017-11-20
  5. ^ "Laws to stop super trawler pass Lower House". ABC News. 2012-09-14.
  6. ^ "Super trawler sails off from controversy". ABC News. 2013-03-06.
  7. ^ Andrew Duffy (2013-03-07). "Super-trawler sets sail". Food magazine.
  8. ^ Michael Field (2013-03-26). "Super trawler in Cook Strait". Marlborough Express.
  9. ^ "AIS track for "Margiris" 20 March 2013". 2013-03-20.
  10. ^ http://www.corrs.com.au/publications/corrs-in-brief/federal-court-upholds-ban-on-super-trawler-but-warns-of-rough-seas-ahead/
  11. ^ http://www.environment.gov.au/marine/publications/report-expert-panel-small-pelagic-fishery
  12. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/26/supertrawler-ban-is-flawed-say-environmental-and-fishing-groups#comment-45421368
  13. ^ "Super Trawler Update | World's second largest vessel active off Irish coast". Coast Monkey. Retrieved 2016-12-01.

Report of the Expert Panel on a Declared Commercial Fishing Activity - Final (Small Pelagic Fishery) Declaration 2012, Expert Panel on a Declared Commercial Fishing Activity, Dec 2014, available on-line [1]

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