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  • Balance of SINAVAL 2017

    On March 31th ended another edition of SINAVAL, a meeting that is considered one of the main references of the naval sector in Spain and Europe. This year, for the first time, it was part of the Maritime World Week program, along with the Marine Energy Week, Eurofishing and FuturePort fairs, which were held at the Bilbao Exhibition Center of the Basque Country.

    According to the organization, a total of 1,747 professionals attended to this event to learn about the latest technological advances and to look for new business opportunities in the “blue economy” or the industries of the sea. This industry currently moves 275 billion euros in the European Union. In addition, 100 speakers from 16 different countries took part in the round tables and seminars, being able to show their specialized vision on various aspects of maritime news.

    Among all these presentations, it is worth mentioning the one carried out by the Basque Maritime Forum, an organization that brings together associations, public institutions and companies from the Basque maritime sector. This presentation analysed the situation of the naval industry and its prospects in Spain and in the Basque Country. It was stated that for this year 2017 there is “a slight tendency of improvement”, having as the main challenge of “recovering levels of activity that consolidate the Industry and enable to regain their position and prestige in the international market “.

    Furthermore, this organization announced that in the first months of 2017, the Basque shipyards, which currently have a portfolio of 33% of the total national orders, have matched the contract figures formalized last year. Thus, the orders to the shipyards of the Basque Autonomous Community are 20 out of a total of 55 orders in the private sector in Spain, and where Zamakona Yards owns 10 projects out of the total accounted.

    In order to continue this trend and be sustainable over time, the Basque Maritime Forum has launched its new Strategic Plan 2017-2020 to “deal with competitiveness” in the new economic scenario, with the aim of strengthening internationalization, to foster the cooperation between enterprises, training and innovation.

    For Zamakona Yards, it is always a satisfaction to support and participate at SINAVAL, as it allows us to show our capabilities and be in direct contact with the public institutions, clients, providers and the naval industry form Spain and Europe.

    Sources of information (in Spanish): Diario Vasco and Bilbao Exhibition Center

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  • 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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  • SINAVAL

    Zamakona Yards will be present at SINAVAL 2017

    According to the latest UNCTAD report on the maritime sector, Maritime Review 2016 , the maritime transport will continue to be the main mode of transport for the international trade, since it has the lowest impact per tonne / mile of cargo transported. This is reflected, for example, in the fact that the world fleet has increased by 3.48% to reach up to 90,916 vessels worldwide with a combined capacity of 1.8 billion deadweight tonnes (DWT).

    In the specific case of Spain, the naval sector is one of the main reference points in the world for its quality and construction tradition, with high standards in sophisticated vessels in terms of technology such as those that support offshore oil platforms, oceanographic vessels, Fishing, tugs, etc.

    For all of this and in order to put into value the capabilities of the Spanish naval sector Bilbao helds every two years the SINAVAL fair, an event that has more than 20 editions and this year is integrated for the first time in the World Maritime Week along with the Marine Energy Week, Eurofishing and FuturePort fairs from 27 to 31 March 2017 at the Bilbao Exhibition Center.

    This congress will offer different programs such as the organization of b2b meetings, seminars with international speakers, round tables to discuss the future for its four areas: naval, port, fishing and marine renewable energies. It is s expected to recieve shipowners and shipyards from 19 countries.

    The World Maritime Week will bring together leading companies in its exhibition area that will be organized by sectors in different areas. Zamakona Yards, which is also part of the companies collaborating in this prestigious event, will be present through a space to present the latest developments and projects.

    If you are planning to attend World Maritime Week and wish to visit us we will be happy to assist you in the pavilion LU B-38/40 C-29/31 or if you wish you can send us an email to tell us your best day and time to meet us.

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  • Zamakona Yards Group performs the sea test of the VB Xerea tug vessel For Boluda Maritime Corporation

    On January 24,  Zamakona Yards  Group delivered the VB Xerea, the second tug for Boluda Towage and Salvage, after the first delivery and sea test of the VB Xaloc tug carried out at the end of September 2016.

    On this occasion, public representatives attended this event such as the Director General of the Spanish Merchant Marine, Rafael Rodríguez and José Luis García Lena, Deputy Director of the Spanish Merchant Marine. Boluda Towage and Salvage representatives also attended the event and were represented by the President Joaquín Lozano, Antonio Bordils, the CEO and José Luis Gonzalez, the General Manager for Spain; The Maritime Captain of Passages, Josu Bilbao, and ANARE, Ángel Mato, General Director also attended the tests. The delegation was received at the Zamakona Shipyards, in the port of Pasajes by its president, Pedro Garaigordobil.

    The “VB Xerea” was exposed to different tests, as the first tug delivered, of power, speed, manoeuvrability, performance and electronic systems, with a magnificent behaviour in all of them.

    This two vessels as the rest of this series of the ten tugboats that Boluda Towage and Salvage has commissioned Zamakona Shipyards, have been designed by the Canadian prestigious naval architecture study of Robert Allan with the aim of rendering towing service in port, sea and escort. In addition, this new generation of tugboats presents interesting innovations as the increase of its shot to fixed point up to 80 tons, mainly because the propellers are guaranteed the supply of the maximum power and without mechanical losses intermediate. The boats will be 31.57 meters long and 12.8 meters beam, with a draft of 6.5 meters and are estimated to reach a speed of 13.5 knots. Also, they incorporate the Caterpillar Mak diesel engines, with a power of 7,500 BHP, Voith propulsion and deck machinery of Ibercisa.

    Zamakona shipyards will continue to progress in the construction of the remaining eight tugs, in the same terms of quality and will be delivered progressively in a period of four years.

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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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  • Tug VB XALOC

    Delivery of the tugboat of latest generation VB XALOC

    The know-how of Zamakona Shipyards in collaboration of Robert Allan as a designer and the experience of Boluda Towage and Salvage as the operator in the tugboat have developed this new construction 768, “VB XALOC” tugboat AVT type that will be the new tugboat reference in port operations, loads and scort.

    This tugboat with a GT below 500 and a nautical length of 31,7 m and a beam of 12,8 m has a power of 7600 horsepower which delivers a bollard point of 79,6 tons. It has space for 8 people with a level “Comf-Noise 3” also a reference in the sector for this types of vessels.

    This vessel in the first of a serial that this Ship-owner has ordered and relied on Zamakona Shipyards due to its high standards in quality performance, timing and price.

    TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION

    • Length o.a.: 31,57 metres
    • Beam, moulded: 12,80 metres
    • Depth, least moulded: 4,70 metres
    • Draft , moulded (Departure – 190 DWT): 3,58 metres
    • Draft, navigational (Departure – 190 DWT): 6,47 metres
    • Maximum load condition draught (Seagoing): aprox. 6,63 m
    • Crew: 8 men
    • International Tonnage: 497
    • Speed: 13,6 knots
    • Bollard pull: 79,60 ton
    • Indirect Steering Force (aprox): 10 knots 110 tonnes
    • Indirect Braking Force (aprox): 10 knots 100 tonnes

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  • Zamakona Shipyard comences repairs on a section of the double roro ramp of the port of Santander

    Our Zamakona Shipyard, located at the Port of Santurce, has recently started the repairs and commissioning of a section of the dry RORO ramp of the Port Authority of Santander.

    This work is part of the larger project being carried out by Acciona Infrastructuras to adapt the Maritime Terminal to the developing needs of transport by sea of the Port of Santander.

    During February the works will be performed in dry-docking including sandblasting, painting the hull and deck, reconditioning the boiler, pipework, cleaning and repair of tanks as well as renewal of the anodes will be carried out.

    Thus Zamakona Yards confirms its commitment to the National Ports providing new construction and maintenance of RORO ramps. Zamakona Yards has built RORO ramps for the ports of Bilbao, Pasajes, Tenerife, Huelva and we are currently finalizing the installation of a ramp 35 meters long and 26 meters wide in the Musel for the Port Authority of Gijón.

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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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  • Zamakona Yards launches the tuna-freezer vessel, “Guria” of the Basque company, Nicra 7

    This Friday The 3rd, Zamakona Shipyard of Santurce, belonging to the Zamakona Yards Group, successfully launched the “Guria” an ultimate generation tuna- freezer vessel. The “Guria, which means in Euskera “Ours”, with a length of 81.54 meters, is equipped with a Wartsilla 4000 kw main engine which can deliver a top speed of 16 knots.

     

    This modern tuna vessel has a storage capacity of 1708 M3 in her holds and is equipped with an accommodation for a crew of 28 persons.

     

    Her destination will be to operate in the Atlantic with three other tuna vessels of this prestigious company, the Kurtzio, the Matxikorta and the Albacora.

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  • Zamakona Yards delivers “EUSKADI ALAI” the third tuna freezer vessel ordered by the Echebastar Group

    This Saturday, the 25th Astilleros Zamakona belonging to the group Zamakona Yards, will deliver the last generation tuna freezer vessel “EUSKADI ALAI” to the Bermeo Group Echebastar at the maritime cruise station in Getxo, Port of Bilbao.

    The ceremony will happen after its blessing and will be present Mr. Kepa Echevarría (Deputy Director of the Echebastar Group), and Mr. Pedro Garaygordóbil (Zamakona Yards´ President) to preside over the ceremony and act as godmother Mrs. Miren Arantza Gabancho Munitiz, member of the owning company of the tuna vessel.

     

    euskadi_alaiThe event will be attended by representatives of the Basque Government and Central Government of Seychelles, Port of Bilbao, Banking, Consulting, Zamakona Shipyards´ staff, suppliers and customers of the Group and Members and staff of the ship owning company. Later there will be a dinner at the Carlton Hotel in Bilbao to celebrate this important event.

     

    The “Euskadi Alai” is the construction No. 738 from the Santurce Shipyard; it is a new design project with the latest and most modern technology, built to suit the requirements of this Owner of Bermeo. This vessel will join its brothers “Izaro” and “Jai Alai” to perform fishing activities in the Indian Ocean. Like its brothers, this ship has aluminum superstructure and bridge, ultra freezing tunnels at -60 º and has safe areas with anti-piracy media.

     

    euskadi_alaiIt also has a new system of separation of caught fish that throws back to the sea the non-target fish alive with little human presence. This reaffirms the company as leader in the realization of sustainable fisheries and quality. Currently the Echebastar group is in the process of assessment of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) independent organization that certifies sustainable and well managed fisheries worldwide. It is the first Spanish tropical tuna fishery to undergo MSC full assessment.

     

    We would like to take the opportunity to thank the Echebastar Group for their confidence in our group for the renewal of its fleet.

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