• Baptism ceremony of the RONJA POLARIS vessel

    On the past October 10th was held in Alesund (Norway) the baptism ceremony of the Ronja Polaris vessel, belonging to the Norwegian ship-owner Sølvtrans and built by Astilleros Zamakona S.A., group member of Zamakona Yards.


    Although the vessel was delivered in October last year, the ceremony is now performed since after delivery it went straight to service Marine Harvest. This year the vessel has carried more than 70,000 tones of live fish already.


    At the event served as Godmother Mrs. Anja Halsebakk (daughter of Roger Halsebakk) and were present Sølvtrans CEO, Mr. Roger Halsebakk, the ship’s master, Mr. Anders Solheim, Mr. Luis Magro y Mr. Ángel Sanchez (General Director and Commercial Director of our Zamakona Shipyards respectively).


    During the ceremony Roger Halsebakk highlighted how Ronja Polaris has met the company´s expectations, as it has proven suitable for handling large amounts of fish in a respectful, efficient and economical environment.


    From Zamakona Yards we are very proud of the building and very grateful to Sølvtrans for trusting our group!



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  • RONJA HUON, our latest construction

    We are proud to introduce you to our latest building, a state of the art live fish carrier vessel, the RONJA HUON.


    Main Characteristics

    • Length: 75,80 metres

    • Beam, moulded: 16 metres

    • Scantling draft: 6,80 metres

    • Accommodation: 13 people It is the second ship with these features made for our distinguished client Solvtrans.


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  • Zamakona Yards delivers the “RONJA POLARIS” to Sølvstrans

    Zamakona Yards delivers the Live Fish Carrier RONJA POLARIS to Sølvtrans AS at the shipyard in Bilbao – Spain to the satisfaction to the Owners and the Norwegian Regulatory bodies for food transportation. This ship is the first of the two sister vessels.


    Mr Roger CEO of Sølvtrans AS said on delivery of the vessel: “the ship´s construction quality is high and I am satisfied with the shipyard”.


    The ship is specialized to transport live fish as salmon, trout, smolts and other farmed species. The design has been made by Rolls Royce Marine with the collaboration with the Owner and the Shipyard and she incorporates the new technologies in the in the transport of live fish.


    The cargo tanks has been designed in close cooperation with Sølvtrans and MMC so that the water circulation is ensured throughout the interior of the tank for which the system has been validated by rigorous CFD studies attesting adequate water circulation inside the wells in any navigation condition. This has a direct impact on reducing mortality of live fish and the quality end. The ship comply with the new requirements about the environmental regulations to be in force in 2016.


    The RONJA POLARIS has an overall length of 75,80 m and a cargo capacity of 3200 cu.m. in three well. The propulsion is diesel electric with two electric motors of 1500 ekW each.


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  • ZAMAKONA YARDS with the assistance by MMC promotes the RONJA POLARIS at AQUANOR 13

    Last week, ZamakonaYards participated in the AQUANOR 2013 fair. It is an event organized by the Nor-Fishing Foundation, created in 1992 by the Fishing Ministry in Norway. It is held every two years in the Norwegian city of Trondheim. This event brings together the leading companies from Europe and South America involved in Aquaculture.


    On Wednesday 14, ZamakonaYards together with the MMC Group AS made ​​a presentation for several wellboat shipowners. Both companies held an exhibition, as well as presented the joint construction project elaborated for Solvtrans AS. The Ronja Polaris ship, a vessel used for transporting live fish. The wellboat measures 75.80 meters and is 16 meters wide. It has capacity for 11 crewmembers and has two Rolls Royce main engines.


    Next day, a get-together dinner was held together with MMC AS and Sovtrans AS. A nice time was spent in the presence of LEIF GJELSETH, CEO of MMC AS, FRODE BAADE, Operations Manager at Solvtrans AS and VICTOR VARGAS, CEO of Solvtrans CHILE SA among others.

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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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  • The Institute of Aquaculture Mutriku in Zamakona Yards

    Last week we received the visit of students and faculty of the Institute of Aquaculture Mutriku. They wanted to know more about the shipbuilding project that we are currently developing for Solvstrans. It´s a Live Fish Carrier to be delivered in June 2013.


    We hope they enjoyed the tour and the explanations they received.

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