During 1976, Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltda. of Japan, looking for new sources of marine products, started in Chile, with the corresponding legal authorisations from the fishing and maritime authorities, the location of fishing grounds located in the southern area of the Chilean sea, which could be used to exploit the resources of the southern demersal fishery, unexplored until then, which would be a source of food and foreign currency returns for export, using the factory ship “Kirishima”, which started its work in the south of our country.
Thus, the story of the birth of the Empresa de Desarrollo Pesquero de Chile, which would be formed with Japanese and Chilean capital as a joint venture, began to be woven. Its birth took place on 11 October 1978, with two factory ships in its inventory: the B/F -Kirishima” and the B/F Fuji”, with home port in Valparaíso. Subsequently, it also operated from Punta Arenas. From that date, the integration of Chilean and Japanese crews also began.
Over the years, the factory ships with which the company started have been replaced by more modern ones, adapted to the technology and the conditions of the resources. Emdepes currently owns two factory ships: the “UNZEN” and the “UNIONSUR” (Surimero), which carry around 5,000 GRT, with which the company manufactures all its products.