The Galician naval sector counts on orders valued at 2.800 million euros
The Defense Ministry of Indonesia rates the new training vessel made in Vigo as « the birth of a legend »
“We live the birth of a new legend for Indonesia”, said the Admiral-in-Chief of this country, Adi Suppandi, paraphrasing his Defense Minister while receiving his new training vessel, KRI Bima Suci, built in Freire shipyards, in Vigo.
The ship, that offers luxury cabins which were enabled by Oliver, a Basque Brand, has 110 metres in-length, 13,5 metres beam and the largest sail surface ever installed in Europe, more than 3.000 square metres.
The President of the regional government of Galicia, the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijoo, highlighted the vigour of the Galician naval sector. In the first quarter of this year, the Galician shipyards have taken 47% of the contracts assigned to the Spanish shipping companies.
Likewise, 40% of the order book currently into effect coincides with shipyards from this region, which has become the “leader of shipbuilding contracts”. He also highlighted the sector’s commitment to technological forefront, that has ranked it among the best ones of the world because of the quality of its shipbuilding. Feijoo assured that the Galician Naval sector has orders totalling 2.800 million euros, clearing the horizon of the sector for the next few years, during which more than 24 vessels are going to be delivered. He remembered that in the last few months 7 ships have been built and delivered in Galicia, where the companies have bet on “technological innovation and diversification”. Thus, he addressed that the Galician shipyards build oceanographic ships, training ships, wind technology, cruises and fishing boats, apart from offshore.
The general director of the shipyard, Marcos Freire, emphasized that the vessel will carry the name of Vigo throughout all the seas of the world and remembered that Freire beat another 11 firms in the international competition for designing and building it.
To do this, he joined forces with the whole staff and fell back on some auxiliary and design companies involved in the process, that was done in a record time, because of the plate-cutting, that had already been finished in November 2015. Freire highlighted that they count on “latest technological solutions of the market” and that they have met all the shipowner’s requirements.
(Source: La voz de Galicia)