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Soermar will investigate on eco-efficient production processes develop and shipyards productivity improve

The Maritime Resources Study Society has brought together representatives of the entire maritime ecosystem at the closing ceremony of its Shareholders' Meeting.

SOERMAR (Society for the Study of Maritime Resources) will begin to investigate from September to develop eco-efficient production processes and improve the productivity of shipyards, as announced in the closing ceremony of its Shareholders' Meeting.

The event was inaugurated by Diego Colón de Carvajal, president of the SOERMAR Technology Center, and was attended by Marcos Freire, president of the SOERMAR Foundation, Eva Novoa, general director of the entity, and Alfonso Carneros, its technical director. The closure was carried out by Ana Núñez Velasco, deputy general director of Safety, Pollution and Maritime Inspection.

Diego Colón de Carvajal, who defined as a "complicated" year, highlighted that, at the same time, it has been very important for the entity, because they started new activities, among which he mentioned the projects submitted to the naval PERTE, "in which has managed to integrate a large number of companies, which SOERMAR would never have had its current reach without them”.

Alfonso Carneros oversaw showing these projects, national and international, in which SOERMAR has worked during 2022-2023 and whose main objective is to reduce polluting gases emissions to the atmosphere through the search for new fuels, their storage, the construction of sustainable prototypes, the transformation of existing ships into more ecological ones or the capture of CO2. But he has also outlined the new actions that will be launched from September, which will focus on eco-efficient production processes developing and improving the productivity of the shipyards. Some objectives that will be achieved by applying digitization and sustainability technologies, which will reduce times in the construction and delivery of ships and, therefore, costs.

Among the specific actions planned, they mentioned: a digital system for automatic control of the grounding process, with the development of a digital twin, a robotic line with plasma cutting for the preparation and shaping of profiles; a robotic line for the manufacture of previous ones; the optimization of the plant layout of a newly built shipyard to increase its productivity, and the application of virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies to the maintenance of the shipyard facilities and ship equipment.

From his side, Marcos Freire took advantage of his speech to thank the efforts and work carried out by the SOERMAR team to help shipbuilding industry to be more efficient. He also had an impact, like Diego Colón de Carvajal, on his ability to integrate and group organizations of different profiles in his projects, "something in which future success lies, since alliances are essential."

Collaboration has also been the Eva Novoa axis intervention, who has stressed SOERMAR's aspiration to be a meeting place for the entire shipbuilding sector, from companies to the Administration, including engineers, academic institutions, or the auxiliary industry. “SOERMAR is nothing more than a small family that has been growing”, she underlined.