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Freire shipyard launches the greatest vessel of Belgium fleet

The shipyard from Vigo celebrated the launching of the Oceanographic vessel “Belgica” to be delivered their owners in October to deep into oceanic investigation

The greatest vessel of the Belgium fleet will have Vigo’s DNA. Next October, the oceanographic "Belgica" will be delivered to the Belgian Armed Forces after finalising its construction at Vigo Freire shipyard, where its launching was held on yesterday. With about 71 m-Length, the "Belgica" will be able to carry out research on fisheries, marine biology or geology, including "the effects of climate change in the Arctic," as noted by the board directors’ Chairman of the federal policy scientist Belgian office, Pierre Bruyere, present at the event together with other military and scientific authorities of his country.

Guillermo Freire, the shipyard General Director, informed the ship "Belgica" has the most advanced technology and thanked Belgian Armed Forces for trusting Construcciones Navales Paulino Freire for the construction of the ship, with a budget of 54 million euros. The shipyard from Vigo celebrates its 125th anniversary and already has two immediate orders: a tuna vessel for Calvo - the first ship of this type to be built in Vigo’s Bay since 2006 - and the largest mini-cruise ship produced in Spain with 110 m-Length.

(Source: Altántico Diario)

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