Last week, in Zamakona Shipyard Bilbao, we layed the keel in the tuna purse seiner. The keel-laying certificate was issued by Bureau Veritas.


Echebastar Fleet SLU has entered into a contract with Zamakona Yards for a 1,900m3 tuna purse seiner, scheduled for delivery in January 2014. The investment will be about €30m which will be financed by the owner’s own resources as well as external financing, still to be defined.


This will be the first of a new generation of tuna vessels, designed and developed by Cintranaval-Defcar. The ship is equipped with the latest technology to detect fish, freezing systems and tuna handling.


The 88m long, 14m wide vessel will have a capacity for 1,900m3, and is arranged to transport up to 1,330t of tuna. The ship will be fitted with 20 cargo tanks (freezing and storage) for tuna. The fish catch will be frozen by brine pickle dive in the cargo tank, and then conserved dry frozen in the same tank.


“Building this vessel represents to Zamakona Yards a significant milestone in its history. We want to express our thanks to the directors board of Echebastar for the trust given to our yard, and confident that all expectations in this project will be fulfilled in excess”, says Pedro Garaygordobil, president of Zamakona Yards.


For this project, Echebastar and Zamakona have committed to use local suppliers as much as possible. The order will give a workload of about 350,000 hours, or two years, of guaranteed work for both.


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