The international fairs NAVALIA and NEVA join forces for the naval sector
Both events sign an agreement to promote the meetings and increase the business relations of both countries
Union is strength. And for this reason the international fairs NAVALIA and NEVA have united theirs. The fact is that since the pause caused by the COVID-19 virus pandemic, this type of international meetings in the sector have had to be cancelled or postponed, and it is more than ever necessary to promote the connection between companies and markets.
The agreement presented today, which aims to increase trade relations between both countries, involves the participation of the two fairs in international events organized by itselves and their promotion between companies in the sector. In addition, both NAVALIA and NEVA commit to organize joint actions for the promotion of the naval in both countries, such as business meetings, commercial missions, seminars... As explained by Javier Arnau, director of NAVALIA "there is a special potential for joint work in fishing vessels, icebreakers and even the military sector". The agreement will have a duration of four years and "tries to be ambitious both in the aspects it covers and in the deadlines", said Arnau.
For his part, the director of NEVA Exhibition, Andrey Vasilchenko, explained that his event is already working at the governmental level to negotiate with international associations and clusters, as in addition to the exhibition, NEVA has become a global business platform for business cooperation, with the official support of the Ministries of Transport, Industry, Trade and Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the International Association of Ports, the Union of Russian Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and the Chambers of Commerce.
"For this reason, the agreement with Navalia is so important. Spain is for Russia a country with a lot of potential for the naval. We think that there are great possibilities for collaboration in the construction of ships and in export and import issues of the sector, as well as in aspects related to ports, shipbuilding companies and shipyards" said the director of NEVA, one of the ten largest maritime industry exhibitions in the world and the leading maritime trade fair in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet republics.
Eventually, the Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation in Galicia, Pedro Mouriño, endorsed with interesting data these business possibilities between both countries and the importance of this sector in the country. At present, the Russian Federation transports 60 per cent of its exports by sea, amounting to some 840 million tons annually. Under the flag of the Russian Federation, there are 1,155 vessels in the transport fleet, 1,137 support vessels (service, emergency and technical), 1,058 fishing vessels, 72 scientific research vessels and 6 atomic icebreakers.
In addition, the port system has more than 900 industrial complexes, in 67 seaports, with a capacity of more than 100 billion tons. Mouriño also recalled the achievement by the Vigo shipyard Vulcano, in collaboration with Navantia Gijón, of the largest contract for the construction of fishing vessels from all over the West for the former Soviet Union, through its Ministry of Fisheries. They were 15 super trawlers of the latest technology, eight of them built in the Galician facilities and seven in the Asturian ones, amounting to 70,000 million pesetas in old currency. And one precisely bore the name of VIGO. "From that moment the Russian naval sector not only keeps a pleasant memory of the city, but is aware of the international prestige of its naval industry," explained the Consul.