Craber – Trawler 65’

Client: Chantier Naval Forillon

Client industry: Shipyard

Navanex collaborated with Chantier Naval Forillon as an affiliated engineering firm, taking charge of the design portion. For this project, Navanex assisted on a contract given to Chantier Naval Forillon by the Mi’gmaq community of Listuguj, located on the Gaspé Peninsula.



The Mi’gmaq community of Listuguj wanted to renew and modernize its fleet of fishing vessels. Considering that the use of the vessels varies according to the season and the different types of commercial fishing, the client wanted to acquire more modern and versatile equipment to ensure the sustainability of this important economic driver.


  • Design a crab fishing boat that can be converted into a trawler;
  • Modernize the vessel and its equipment;
  • Respect the technical and budgetary criteria.


In addition to delivering a product that meets the customer’s expectations and essential needs, our team developed a boat maintenance plan. With this additional tool, the customer will be able to optimize the life of the equipment and get more out of it.


  • Proposal of a turnkey custom product;
  • Personalized support at every stage, from design to construction;
  • Complete boat maintenance plan;
  • Vessel easily adaptable to needs;
  • Optimization of equipment safety.


  • Convertible equipment offering substantial savings;
  • A 25% increase in loading capacity;
  • Increased visibility for greater safety;
  • Superior product quality and durability;
  • Sustainability of the community’s business activities.


This Navanex design allows the vessel’s deck configuration to be modified to accommodate the equipment required for trawl fishing. The wide versatility of this vessel allows it to adapt quickly to variations in biomass and market demand. Easily convertible, this boat saves money by avoiding the purchase of a second vessel. The Chantier Naval Forillon incorporated modern control equipment and customized the interior layout to provide the necessary comfort for a crew of seven. The bulbous bow provides improved hydrodynamic efficiency and more comfortable longitudinal stability. The vessel is equipped with an IMO Tier III engine, which has a catalyst system that reduces NOx emissions. The equipment meets the Listuguj First Nation’s requirements for international environmental standards and ensures a sustainable fishery for future generations.


“It was great to work with the Navanex team, who did an outstanding job on the boat. Engineers added value by integrating an RSW system, as well as designing the wheelhouse and crew accommodations to allow the entire crew to fish comfortably at sea. I believe that in the future, this vessel will create jobs in our community.”

Blayze Isaac, Captain

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