• The world fishing fleet state according to the FAO

    The nutrition of the human has made fishing an essential practice and consequently has been the origin of the naval construction. This sector has been able to contribute in each moment f history solutions that have covered the needs of the fishing industry.

    In recent years, the fishing sector is facing big challenges due to a demand for greater profitability and performance, in addition to obey the different regulations regarding respect for the environment in all its aspects. To meet these challenges, the sector has reduced direct costs as the number of employees and has also been benefited by the price of fuel.

    As for the challenge of being more environmentally friendly, the gases such as CO2 and NOx have become a growing problem in a global perspective. To reduce these emissions, many governments plan to replicate land-based emissions taxes on emissions from ships in their fishing activities.

    While steps are being taken in the above mentioned, legislative changes are taking place regarding the specifications of fishing vessels, such as in the European Union, which foresees in the middle of the year 2017 to adopt a new regulation that grants to the Commission European competence to adapt the requirements for determining the continuous power of the engine to the technical developments and possible changes in the international ISO standards.

    World capture fisheries and aquaculture productionAccording to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in its latest biennial published report on the state of world fisheries and aquaculture (SOFIA), estimated that in 2014, there were 4.6 million fishing vessels, with Asia and Africa being the regions with the highest number of registrations, since they account for 90% of the total number of vessels worldwide.

    From a technical point of view, according to the same FAO report, 64% of registered vessels are engine-powered, an increase of 7% compared to the previous report for 2012. This report also states that in 2014, approximately 85 per cent of the world’s motorized fishing vessels were less than 12 meters long, and these small vessels dominated in all regions.

    In terms of capacity, and if we focus on Europe, the EuroStat Service estimates that in 2015 the European Union had a combined capacity of 1.6 million gross tons and a combined engine power of 6.4 million kilowatts. It is also noted that almost one-fifth (18.2%) of the EU-28 fishing fleet is registered in Greece. In terms of capacity, Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom had the largest fishing fleets, accounting for 53.9% of gross tonnage and 55.6% of engine power in 2015.

    There are positive data in the sector, such as the profitability of the sector. The European fishing fleet continues to be profitable, with net profits of 770 million euros in 2014, more than 50% above last year’s profits, according to the latest annual report prepared by the European Commission which also foresees record profits in the year 2016.

    In the case of Spain, it recorded a net profit margin of 16.5%, the third highest percentage in the EU, only surpassed by Slovenia (35.7%) and the United Kingdom (18.3%). Ireland, Latvia, Estonia and Portugal also had a profit margin of more than 10% in 2014.

    The outlook for fish and fisherie products trade by 2025, according to FAO, is also positive. Trade will continue to be high, driven mainly by increased consumption of fishery products, trade liberalization policies, globalization of food systems, technological innovations in shipbuilding, product development conservation, packaging and transport.

    All these data suggest that in the medium and long term the fishing fleet will continue to grow or will need to introduce elements of innovation in the existing fleet. Therefore, the naval sector has the opportunity to continue growing and providing added value to this sector with solutions that are more respectful of the environment and that can be applied to the current fleet, as well as the building of new ships according to the new demands of the ship-owners and legislative requirements in all respects.

    In this sense, Zamakona Yards has implemented the latest concepts of design and construction, as well as the most advanced technology in engineering and naval architecture in all the constructions, repairs and refit for the fishing vessels.

    If you want to read the full report of the FAO, you can download it here

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  • Salon Halieutis Agadir

    Zamakona Yards will be present at the Salon Halieutis 2017 in Agadir

    There is no doubt that Morocco, due to its double slope, Atlantic and Mediterranean, is one of the most relevant players in the fishing sector. It counts with 3,500 kilometres of coastline that offers a rich diversity in marine biodiversity and a specific specificity of the ecosystem. It is one of the main drivers of the economy of Morocco and a priority sector in the government strategy of Horizon 2020.

    According to official sources, Moroccan waters constitute an exclusive area of 1 million square kilometres, where one million of fish tonnes is produced, thanks to the 1,800 coastal fishing boats, 14,000 artisanal vessels and 356 fishing boats for high seas.

    The Moroccan fisheries sector enjoys international prestige which has enabled it to become the leading producer of fish in Africa and the world’s largest producer and exporter of sardines (sardina pilchardus). Currently, Morocco has signed different agreements related with the fish sector with the European Union and Russia.

    In order to put up the value of the Moroccan fishing sector, the Salon Halieutis is celebrated every two years. This fourth edition will take place between the 15th and 19th February 2017, consolidating itself as a platform for business, communication, promotion, search for partners , Cooperation and innovation.

    A space that will have 16,000 square meters of exhibition and with five main axes:

    ·         Fleet and gear

    ·         Valuation and procesess

    ·         Institutional

    ·         International

    ·         Animation

    This edition is expected to brake the record of the previous edition, with the assistance of more than 36 countries, with more than 350 exhibitors and surpass the number of 50,000 visitors.

    Challenger vesselFor all this, Zamakona Yards will once again participate in this international event, with the objective of offering to the Moroccan and international fishing sector the services that our group offers specifically to the sector, such as the design, newbuid, repair and the refit of specialized vessels in any of our three shipyards located in the Canary Islands (Las Palmas Port) and in the Basque Country, specifically in the ports of Pasajes and Bilbao. A good example of our experience in the fishing industry of these types of vessels are the latest tuna vessels equipped with the most current technologies such as the Ízaro, Ljubica, Challenge and the Jai Alai.

    If you are planning to attend the Salon Halieutis, visit us at our stand (121/122) or send us an email to specify the day and time that suits you best to meet us.

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  • Inaugural Ceremony for the Vessel “Guria” of the Nicra-7 Tuna Fishery

    ZAMAKONA SHIPYARD is the beneficiary of the confidence of the Prestigious Tuna Fishery, Nicra-7, and is delivering their new Tuna Freezer vessel, “Guria” at the Bizkaia Este dock of the Port of Bilbao. This Saturday, Astilleros ZamakonaS.A.

    Will hold the inauguration ceremony of the first of this innovative type of vessel for the Bermean Compoany. This act will be attended by representatives from both companies, the Port of Bilbao and authorities of the Basque Government. This vessel, the “Guria” is construction Nº 751 of the Santurce Shipyard and is a project of new design with the latest and most modern technology built to the specifications of this Bermean Shipowner. It has a length of 81 meters and a top speed of 16 knots thanks to its power plant of 5440CV. The crew is composed of 27 mariners to handle a capture capacity of 1708 m3 of tuna. The vessel will fish in the Atlantic Ocean. The company, Nicra-7, expressed their satisfaction on the construction of a new vessel for the first time at this shipyard and has said that it will not be the last, thanks to the degree of cooperation and the quality of construction received.

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  • Great Success of the Halieutis Fair 2015

    Yesterday the third edition of the Salon Halieutis in the Moroccan city of Agadir was closed. This fair is one of the most important international forums between professionals and companies in the extractive fishing, aquaculture and assessment of marine and fishery products. It involved more than 300 exhibitors and is estimated to have been visited by 60,000 people, including professionals and public in general.

     

    Zamakona Yards was also present at the event visiting major fleet owners who repaired in our shipyards in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and putting up with the current situation of this important sector and its latest developments.

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