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Armon puts the final touch to Iceland's largest oceanographic ship

Borunn Bordardotirr completes an order book of 200 million.

At a good pace, Vigo’s Bay shipyard of Armón group has been expanding its portfolio of shipbuilding orders and deliveries since it was registered in the Commercial Registry last June 2022. Last summer, they completed the first ship built on the former Hijos by J. Barreras slipways, Erin Bruce II, a fishing vessel commissioned by the Argentine Wanchese, belonging to Cooke group. A milestone that could be interpreted as the end of a turbulent period for the Southern Galicia shipbuilding sector and the beginning of a new promising era. In this moment, the shipyard is moving forward on the construction of the oceanography jewel for Iceland, the Borunn Bordardottir.

The order is quite a bet by Armón as it is one of the largest research vessels the group has ever built. She measures 70 meters-long and is conceptualized to replace the current Bjarni Sæmundsson who has been exploring North Atlantic waters for over half a century. With her name engraved on the bow, the ship will pay tribute to Borunn Bordardottir, the first Icelandic woman to dedicate her professional life to oceanographic research. She will be launched soon.

The Asturian group won the contract for this ship by making a proposal of 33.45 million euros. Armón has been demonstrating his ability to negotiate with public organizations for several years. In Vigo, the shipyard has three other oceanographic vessels underway for Holland, New Zealand and the Odón de Buen, for Spain (the latter the largest built by the group, 84.3 meters in length), as well as a service vessel of the Regional Fisheries Directorate for Azores Islands. Together with Borunn Bordardottir, they have a turnover of more than 200 million euros. From the shipyard, they have explained they have sufficient workload in Galicia region for 2024 and 2025.

Another milestone planned for this year will be the Odón de Buen delivery, the new Spanish oceanographic with which the scientific community dedicated to understanding seabed will be able to carry out research on what happens up to 6,000 meters deep, which is triple of the current capacity the Spanish Institute of Oceanography had.

Source: La Voz de Galicia