Built by the Piriou shipyard in Nha Be, Vietnam, L’ILE DE LA REUNION II arrived at the end of August in its home port in the Indian Ocean. It will succeed the only Comata vessel operated for toothfish fishing in the waters of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (Taaf). This is the L’ILE DE LA REUNION I, delivered by Piriou in 2002 and which will be converted into a patrol boat this winter to replace the old OSIRIS. Larger than its predecessor, but with the same fishing quota, LA REUNION II is 62.8 metres long and 12.4 metres wide. With a capacity of 45 crew members, it is distinguished by the integration into its hull of a moonpool, an opening that allows longlines to be turned from the inside after spinning them outside.