Home Office and Fishing Ministry complete the Civil Guard fishery inspection fleet: Armón deliveries the fourth and last unit
The patrol boats, using hybrid propulsion, have involved an investment of 26 million euros from Next Generation funds.
The Government has completed the fleet modernizing process the Civil Guard Maritime Service allocates to fishing control and inspection tasks, after an investment of 26 million euros from Next Generation funds and in a clear commitment to emission reduction and environmental protection by using hybrid propulsion systems.
The project has been completed with the delivery of "Río Luna" at the facilities of Astilleros Ría de Vigo, the former production unit of Hijos de J. Barreras now in the hands of Grupo Armón. The four ships, 35 meters long and 7.8 meters wide, were built at the Armón facilities in Burela (Lugo) and Navia (Asturias) throughout 2022, meeting deadlines and guaranteeing the highest construction quality in a very complex year facing the raw materials crisis and the production cost increase, as the Shipbuilding group managers highlighted during the ceremony. "Río Luna" thus joins the new "Río Sil", "Río Guadiato" and "Río Riaza", already delivered in 2022, which will replace "Río Nervión", "Río Andarax", "Río Almanzora” and “Río Guadiaro”.
The four new patrol boats bear Grupo Armón seal and are a paradigm in the propulsion systems latest technology: they have hybrid engines and stabilizer fins that will reduce CO2 emissions, lower fuel costs (the shipyard targets 25% of consumption reduction) and maximize its use due to increased stability and comfort in the approaches. The ships, built in aluminium, with 8 crew members capacity; 1000 miles of autonomy and ability to stay 8 days at sea. "They are a benchmark for the shipowner and an excellent introduction letter for Armón and the local and national auxiliary industry," said Laudelino Alperi, CEO of Grupo Armón, who recalled that all suppliers and auxiliaries were national.
Source: Industrias Pesqueras