• Zamakona Yards Canary Islands – Important Release

    Zamakonayards in the Canary Islands has been considered by the Security Department of Las Palmas Port Authority as an essential facility within the Port of Las Palmas which is considered a Critical State Facility. 

    As an essential element for the continuity of the services of a Critical Infrastructure of the Spanish State, we must remain open and contribute with our work, to collaborate among all of us to overcome the current situation. 

    We therefore continue to be at your service, to ensure that all naval resources can continue their work and that the port has all its capacities to respond to possible emergencies and other needs of the sector. 

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  • Zamakona Yards commitment to Health, Safety and Envioronment (HSE)

    Recently our employees have had the opportunity to participate in a Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) theoretical practice focused on working at height, work in confined spaces and prevention techniques and firefighting.


    The courses were taught by the prestigious ASEPEYO mutua insurer and to do it was enabled a complete simulator where practices were conducted.


    To Zamakona Yards safety comes first, and therefore we are constantly investing in training and resources for our workers since any effort in this area is small.

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    According to industry sources, 2012 will be the year that the Ballast Water Convention (BWM) will see ratication by IMO. Today, the total number of contracting Parties to the BWM Convention has reached 36, representing 29.07% of the world tonnage after ratification by Denmark (35% will be needed for the Convention to enter into force). In september 12th, IMO Secretary General – Koji Sekimizu urged a decisive action on ballast water. Eight years has passed since the Convention´s adoption.


    Why is the BWC so important?


    While ballast water is essential for safe and efficient modern shipping operations, it may pose serious ecological, economic and health problems due to the multitude of marine species carried in ships’ ballast water. These include bacteria, microbes, small invertebrates, eggs, cysts and larvae of various species. The transferred species may survive to establish a reproductive population in the host environment, becoming invasive, out-competing native species and multiplying into pest proportions.


    This video filmed by Smithsonian Institution explains how scientists are trying to prevent invasive species from hitching a ride to new ecosystems aboard.



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    Last week, during the EEA Grant Conference arranged by Innovation Norway and CDTI in Bergen, the Norwegian company Langlee Wave Power and Repnaval Shipyard (Zamakona Yards) signed an agreement to development of wave power in the Canary islands. The two companies will file a common application to the EEA grants for development of renewable energy in Spain.


    Langlee Wave Power AS has developed a unique technology to convert waves in the sea into electricity and the company consideres the Canary Islands to be the best place for wave power in Europe. The achipielago has a good and stabile wave climate and todays electricity, primary produced by diesel generators, is expensive and with a significant CO2 contribution. With the Langlee technology, electricity can be produced with lower cost by a renewable energy source. The development will create hundreds of local jobs.


    Langlee Wave Power has its head office near Oslo, Norway and has recently established a subsidary in Gran Canaria.


    Repnaval S.A. in Gran Canaria is part of Zamakona Yards which is one of Spain’s main shipbuilding and repair groups with more than 1.000 employees located also in Bilbao, San Sebastian and Las Palmas Gran Canaria.


    Proexca, the public company for economic development of the Canary Islands, has had an important role in making this cooperation happen.


    Langlee and Repnaval have in more than a year been in dialogues for a possible cooperation and have huge plans for development of wave power in the Canary Islands.


    Zamakona Yards believes the renewable energy is the future. Today, we are working in different projects in this area. We´ll continue reporting.


    For more information seewww.langleewavepower.com; www.proexca.es 



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    The International Marine Contractors Association has published a safety guidelines for Offshore Vessels when docks in port and harbours.


    Ship enter and leave ports regularly. Tying up a ship when alongside a berth or another vessel is potentially a very hazardous operation unless simple and effective safety procedures are followed. Mooring accidents are always on the list of personal injury accidents, often resulting in severe injuries or even fatalities.


    These are very simple guidelines marked by common sense, but that it can save of serious accidents and even human lives.


    For the mooring safety, the people involved in the operation has to have in mind several factors. We are going to look at these factors, according the Safety Guide of IMCA (IMCA M 214).



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