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Industry will promote the naval sector and Pymar through public-private collaboration

It hopes to announce soon the PERTE Naval that will allow to face the digitalization, training and ecological transition of the sector.

The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism plans to announce soon the Strategic Project for the Recovery and Economic Transformation (PERTE) Naval that will allow to boost the sector. This was announced by the Minister Reyes Maroto, during Pymar's shareholders meeting.

Pymar's focus is on the PERTE Naval proposal for the transformation of the sector's value chain, which is framed in the context of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan for the implementation of the European funds of the Next Generation EU.

The proposal revolves around the axes of digitalization, training, ecological transition and diversification of the activity, taking advantage of the growing opportunities offered by offshore wind and new renewable energies. So far, more than 100 entities (more than 15 shipyards, 65 supply chain companies, 7 technology partners and 20 knowledge providers and universities) have confirmed their interest in participating.

For her part, the CEO of Pymar, Almudena López del Pozo, pointed out during the meeting that "it is time to go a step further and bet on the transformation of the value chain of the naval sector on the axes of digitalization, training, ecological transition and diversification of the activity, taking advantage of the growing opportunities offered by offshore wind and new renewable energies", in reference to the ambitious PERTE proposal that Pymar presented together with Navantia to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, and which also has Siemens as a technology partner.

Furthermore, Mr. Maroto announced that the Government will approve a royal decree in the next weeks to increase the annual amount destined to R+D+i projects in shipbuilding up to 20 million Euros.

This announcement was made during the shareholders meeting of Pymar, a company that groups the main Spanish private shipyards, which witnessed how Maroto detailed the new regulation that the Government plans to approve.

Among the measures included in the royal decree, Maroto confirmed that the Executive will eliminate the limit of funds available for each aid and will extend the deadline for the beneficiaries to present the necessary documentation to apply for these subsidies.

As reflected in the 2020 Shipbuilding Sector Activity Report, presented during the event, a Spanish shipyards' order book only decreased by 2% in 2020 compared to 2019, with a total of 44 vessels, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: Cinco Días

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