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The new Ría de Vigo Shipyard speed up and gets the fifth ship in one year

It will build a multipurpose ship for cargo of passengers and merchandise that will operate in French Polynesia in 2026

Ría de Vigo - the former Barreras shipyard - has just obtained a new shipbuilding contract, the fifth since it resumed activity a little over a year ago. It is a multipurpose ship for the transport of passengers and merchandise that will serve as a connection between the archipelagos of French Polynesia. 89 meters-long, 17.5 meters-width and 4 meters-draft, the “Na Hiro” will replace the "Tuha'a Pae IV", a mixed freighter operated by the Société de Navigation des Australes Tuhaa Pae.

Designed by the Spanish company Cotenaval, the ship is conceived as a floating laboratory towards the energy transition that will contribute to the reduction of the carbon footprint; it will be able to transport 2,000 tons of merchandise and 200 passengers. It is planned that the keel laying, which represents the start of construction, will take place in these first months of the year so that the ship will be operational in the spring of 2026.

This is the fifth construction that Ría de Vigo has achieved since the shipyard passed into the hands of Armón in 2022. The Beiramar shipyard resumed activity with a fishing vessel for the Argentine shipowner Wanchase and also initially worked on repairs to two tugboats. Its order book grew very quickly, adding an oceanographic research ship for Iceland, which was recently launched and will be the largest for this country; a fishing trawler for the Vigo shipowner Copemar that will fish in the Malvinas; and a boat for the maritime service of the Civil Guard, which will be the largest patrol boat of the Spanish armed institute.

The ship for Polynesia will soon be added to the shipyard's slipways, which is conceived as a multipurpose ship, with high-tech systems and an optimized design to reduce energy consumption, emissions, and maintenance costs. The rapid loading and unloading operation was one of the main points of focus by Cotenaval engineering, in charge of the design of the ship that will now continue in Ría de Vigo.

(Source: Atlántico Diario)