• Modernization and improvement at Zamakona Yards Canary Islands

    As part of our program to improve our services for OUR CUSTOMERS, we are proud to inform you that work has commenced at ours shipyard at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Repnaval (Zamakona Yards), increasing the capacity and tonnage or our slipways.


    Specifically, we are preparing our slipway Nº 4 to receive vessels of 120 meters length and 20 meters breadth with lightweight tonnages of 5500 Tons for flat bottomed vessels and 4500 Tons for keeled vessels. The work is expected to be completed in January of 2014.


    You can see an infographic showing the details of the Project. We are confident that with this investment Repnaval will continue to be the shipyard of reference in the port of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, expanding our capacity to offer quality services for the maintenance and repair of your vessels and those of other ship owners and operators.


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  • The “Best Spanish Ship Built in 2012” award was granted to Zamakona Yards

    Left: D. Luis Vilches Collado, Dean – President of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers in Spain. Center: Mr. Pedro Garaygordóbil, President of Zamakona Yards. Right: D. José María Sánchez Carrión, VicePresident of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers in Spain .


    On Thursday October 24, the Association of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers in Spain (AINE) handed over the award for Best Spanish ship built in 2012 to Zamakona Yards. The event took place as part of the 52nd Congress of Naval Engineering and Maritime Industry for the year 2013, under the theme “Engineers and Engineering. The sea as an opportunity”.


    Our President Mr. Pedro Garaygordobil received the reward from Mr. Luis Vilches Collado, Dean – President of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers in Spain. The award certifies that the ship ESVAGT AURORA is the Best Spanish ship built in 2012. The event took place at a gala dinner held at the Club de Campo in Madrid.


    Zamakona Yards won the final at Metalships & Docks with the vessel North Ocean 105 and Armón Vigo shipyard with the ship Angeles Alvariño.


    The shipowner is the company Esvagt AS, owned by the Danish multinational AP Møller – Mærsk. ESVAGT AURORA’s primary mission is to provide immediate assistance to emergency situations and to provide support to deep sea operations. The ship is specially adapted to service in adverse weather conditions in the Barents Sea.


    The vessel incorporates the latest cutting-edge technological developments for the launch and recovery of rescue boats, de-icing equipment to prevent accumulation on deck as well as equipment for pollution control. It meets the highest standards required by the Norwegian authorities for this type of vessels.


    With this award, Zamakona Yards is positioned as market leader in Spain and Europe manufacturing offshore vessels.

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  • Sølvtrans expands the fleet and prepares for further growth with Zamakona Yards

    Sølvtrans has signed a new contract with the Spanish shipyard Zamakona Yards for the construction of a new 3,200 m3 well-boat. Delivery is scheduled to early 2014. The vessel is a sister ship of Rojna Polaris, currently under construction at Zamakona Yards. Further, Solvtrans has entered an option for two additional vessels with delivery in second half of 2014 and first half of 2015.


    The investment, amounting to some NOK 250 million (€ 22 million) per vessel, will be funded through a combination of internal means and bank loans.


    The new vessels will be constructed according to the same specifications as Ronja Polaris and thus have state of the art technology and environmentally friendly solutions. We recall that a “wellboat” is a vessel with tanks intended for transporting live fish.


    Roger Halsebakk CEO of Solvtrans says “We experience an increasing imbalance in the well-boat market. A combination of new licences, continued consolidation and stricter regulations in the farming industry has increased demand for modern tonnage. The new build is a direct response to this development, and the options are core to the company’s strategy to renew and expand the fleet, preparing the company for further growth. The choice of Zamakona Yards as supplier is based on Sølvtrans’ good experiences from the ongoing construction of Ronja Polaris”.


    The option for two additional vessels can be exercised until 30 June 2013. The contract is subject to financing.

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    Zamakona Yards, along with others companies, will sponsor the celebration of the first conference organized by the Spanish tuna industry. We have vast experience in the construction of Fishing Vessels. Today, we are building a Live Fish Carrier for Solvtrans Rederi and a Tuna Purse Seiner Vessel for Echebastar Fleet.


    Miguel Arias Cañete, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment will chair the inauguration of the first major National Congress of Spanish tuna industry which will take place in Madrid on 7th and 8th November. The event will address the challenges of the industry, both fishing and canning, from a scientific, technology, environmental, nutritional and historical perspective for highlighting its important economic and social dimensions.


    The scientific coordinator of the meeting is José Luis Cort, researcher at IEO. Other prestigious international scientists like Victor Restrepo at the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) or Joshua Santiago, president of the Scientific Committee of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) will also participate. As well as the academic presence, representatives of leading companies and business associations linked to the industry will also attend (INTERATUN, OPAGAC, ANABAC-OPTUC, ANFACO-CECOPESCA and FEICOPESCA).


    The Spanish tuna industry represents an annual economic volume of nearly 1,120 million euros, provides 18,600 direct jobs and 43,600 indirect and represents 70% and 67% of the activities of tuna fishing and canning in Europe. The activity is concentrated in Galicia and the Basque Country, which represent together 97% of the total.


    The congress will be relate about history of tuna fishing and canning industry, sustainability in tuna fishing and processing, the socioeconomic impact of the tuna sector in Spain, nutritional and healthy consumption of canned tuna, the internationalization of Spanish tuna sector, the R&D+i in the tuna industry and about the prospects and challenges of future.




    The Interprofessional Organization of Tuna (INTERATUN) is the first association formally established and recognized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment in the field of fisheries.


    INTERATUN includes tuna vessel owners and the processing industry and marketing of tuna, being represented in it others organizations, ANABAC-OPTUC and OPAGAC as represents of fishery industry and ANFACO and FEICOPESCA as processing and marketing industry.


    Since INTERATUN started business in 2001, this organization has joined the efforts of freezer tuna fleet and the processing industry and marketing of tuna to defend common sectoral interests.


    You can sign in the congress and stay informed in:

    Web: www.atun2012.com – Twitter: http://twitter.com/Atun2012

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CongresoAtun2012

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    DELATTE TIDE with IMO number 9421386 is the fourth vessel of TideWater in our slipways in Canary Islands. Tidewater created the “work boat” industry with its 1956 launch of the Ebb Tide, the world’s first offshore vessel tailor-made to support the offshore oil and gas industry.


    Tidewater’s story begins in 1955, when a group of investors led by the Laborde family of New Orleans pioneered the development of the first offshore service vessel tailor-made to support the new and growing offshore oil and gas industry. A year later, as the vessel Ebb Tide prepared to sail for working in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Tidewater Marine Service, Inc. commenced operations. Its first leader was John P. Laborde.


    Now, more than 55 years and many vessels later, Tidewater remains the leader of the industry it created, following the search for oil and gas into increasingly deeper waters globally and extending its proven record of service to installations closer to land. In the process, the company has earned a reputation for anticipating and responding to the changing worldwide needs of energy exploration and production.


    Here the Scope of Works:

    • HULL PREPARATIONS AND PAINTING: Cleaning, blasting & painting.
    • HULL REPAIRS: Allowance
    • TANKS: Fuel Tank Cleaning, Ballast Tank Cleaning, Fresh Water Tank Cleaning, Sewage Tank Cleaning, Lube Oil Tank Cleaning, Dry Bulk Tank Cleaning and Liquid Mud Tank Cleaning.
    • MAIN PROPELLERS: Port Propeller and Starboard Propeller.
    • THRUSTERS: Bow Thruster No1, No1 Thruster Engine, No 2 Thruster Engine
    • DIESEL ENGINES: Port Main Engine, Starboard Main Engine, Generator Nº 01, Generator Nº 02, Generator Nº 03 and Harbour Generator.
    • ALTERNATORS: Nº1 Diesel Driven Alternator, Nº2 Diesel Driven Alternator, Nº3 Diesel Driven Alternator and Harbour Generator Alternator.
    • AUXILIARY MACHINERY: Allowance Fans, Fuel Oil Pump, and Methanol Pump.
    • DECK MACHINERY: Allowance
    • PIPEWORK: Allowance Fuel Oil Pipe and Exhaust conducts.
    • ELECTRICAL: Allowance Main Switchboard, Emergency Switchboard and Galley Stove.
    • BRIDGE EQUIPMENT: Allowance.
    • SAFETY EQUIPMENT: Allowance.
    • ACCOMMODATION: Allowance HVAC and Allowance Air Con. Unit
    • STORES AND SUPPLIES: Allowance.

    We hope hold this excellent customer for a lot of years. We share our visions about the future and our commitment with the environment and safely. We give thanks to Tidewater for its confidence in our services. 

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    The growth in worldwide drilling activity is producing an increase of shipbuilding and ship repair for this year. The forecasting for the offshore industry for the next years is positive too.


    The uprising drilling activity along the world is explained for various factor keys:

    – the new giant discovery in the North Sea (Aldous and Avaldsnes reserve zones).

    – activity in the Gulf of Mexico has also begun to rebound after the Macondo accident.

    – the new exploration campaings in deep oil fields mainly in West Africa and Brazil.


    The conjunction of these factors has produced growth across all the major drivers of OSV demand. The high average age of some world fleet segments is pulling of the demand too. The shipowners are renewing their fleet and increasing their maintenance budgets.


    According to the United Nations in its paper “Review of maritime transport – 2011”, since 2010 to 2011, the OSV world fleet grew an 34% in DWT (from 24.673 to 33.227). For the next years the global demand for OSVs in 2012 is expected to grow.


    Market prospects

    The current AHTS order book is indicating that 191 units will be delivered in 2012 and 34 units will be delivered in 2013. Experts expect the AHTS fleet will probably grow by close to 6 percent in 2012. The large AHTS fleet (16,000+bhp) is likely to grow more rapidly – closer to 10 percent in 2012 – as there are still a number of large AHTS vessels in the order book for the year ahead.


    The current PSV order book is indicating 146 units will be delivered in 2012 and 100 units in 2013. The PSV fleet is therefore expected to grow by 9 percent in 2012.



    Video: Njord Viking – AHTS – Viking Supply – Built in Zamakona Shipyard

    Sources: www.cleaves.comwww.brs-parts.comwww.platou.comhttp://www.un.org/en/

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    Last August 01 Zamakona Shipyards the vessel “ESVAGT AURORA” to Esvagt AS, Company belonging to the Danish multinational A.P. Møller-Mærsk.


    This is the third vessel the Zamakona Yards has built for this Client. The main mission of the vessel is to remain on stand by, and give immediate assistance to offshore platforms in emergency situations. The vessel is specially adapted to the harsh climate conditions in the BARENTS SEA, where she will start operating for ENI NORGE AS on a 10 year charter contract.


    The vessel integrates the lastest technological developments for launching and recovery of rescue boats, de-icing equipment to avoid ice accretion on the decks as well as pollution control gear, fulfilling the highest standards required by the Norwegian Authorities for this kind of vessels.


    “The delivery of this vessel represents the consolidation of Shipyard ZAMAKONA among the world leaders in building Stand By vessels. We would like to express our thanks to ESVAGT for trusting in ZAMAKONA, and we are sure that ESVAGT AURORA will fulfill and exceed the expectations put in her” states the President of ZAMAKONA GROUP Pedro GARAYGORDOBIL.


    The vessel is 87 m long, 17 m wide and has 9.240 kW of diesel-electric power. It is easily recognizable to it’s X-bow. The vessel can perform high sea towage tasks, and she is fitted with a duplex dynamic positioning system, which allows her to keep the position even in very adverse climate conditions with hurricane force winds and rough sea. This feature gives her the capacity to operate ROVs in difficult conditions  in deep seas.


    The vessel and its equipment are in full compliance with the environmental class designation “CLEAN DESIGN”, since the vessel is respectful with the environment, in particular regarding the gas emissions and liquids. It has also achieved a high DnV Comf-V notation due to low noise and vibration levels, and “allowing the crew good comfort and resting on board”.


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    Atlantic Offshore has ordered two new vessels, worth €50 million from Zamakona Yards in Bilbao, Spain. Atlantic Offshore has placed orders for two FSV (Fast Supply Vessel) with towing bollard. Additionally, the company have options for two more vessels, of corresponding price. Zamakona Yards have built several similar vessels in the recent years, and have solid international references relating to quality and delivery time. Both vessels, and any options, will be delivered during 2014.


    The vessels are tied to the contracts Atlantic Offshore have entered with oil companies Total and Shell United Kingdom, and will operate in both Norwegian and British sectors. We will be built in the HY 820 design, developed by Havyard in close cooperation with Atlantic Offshore. Zamakona Yards will involve Norwegian subcontractors for the newbuilds.


    The vessels represent, in all aspects, one of the most modern standby vessel, and the oil companies are eager to acquire vessels that can serve functions beyond emergency rescue and response.


    It is imperative that future FSV vessels can alleviate platforms with towing and cargo-storage capacity. The vessels are equipped with hospital facilities with providing for up to 300 people. One vessel will be delivered with advanced firefighting capacity (FiFi II). The vessels are 68 meters long and 16 meters wide.

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    Last month the Tidewater Offshore Supply Vessel “Jonathan Rozier” with IMO number 9273454 was repaired in our shipyard in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria -Repnaval-.


    The scope of works were:

    • HULL PREPARATIONS AND PAINTING: Cleaning, blasting and painting.
    • STANDAR WORKS AT: Anchor cables, chain lockers, sea inlets, ships side valves and hull anodes.
    • TANKS: Cleaning fuel tanks, ballast tank, sewage tank , fresh water tank , liquid mud tank, bulk tank and other tanks.
    • MAIN PROPELLERS: Port propeller and starboard propeller.
    • THRUSTERS: Drop Down Thruster.
    • DIESEL ENGINES AND ALTERNATORS: Port main engine, stbd. main engine, port generator, stbd. generator, harbour generator and listed engine.
    • AUXILIARY MACHINERY: Reach Rods, fridge compressors, cargo fuel pump, sewage plant and butterfly valves.
    • ELECTRICAL: Aft Search Light and Main Switchboard.
    • BRIDGE EQUIPMENT: Radar, Magnetic Compass, Bridge Furniture.
    • SAFETY EQUIPMENT.:Fire Pump, Engine Room Alarms,Rescue Boat Davit.
    • ACCOMMODATION: Crew Cabins and Galley.
    • STORES AND SUPPLIES: Spares and Consumables.

    We Thanks Tidewater for placing their trust in Zamakona. 

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    History of Las Palmas Port


    Since ancient times the Bay of La Isleta, on the north-east coast of Gran Canaria, had been used by Phoenician and Roman ships as a safe anchorage; but it was not until 1478, the foundation year of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, that regular port activities were to be seen in this harbour. 


    As soon as Spain extended its rule over the Canary Islands, Las Palmas became the main support base for maritime expeditions across the oceans. The famous navigator, Christopher Columbus, used the islands as a base for shiprepairs and as his last stop in Europe before sailing to the New World.  (more…)

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