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Gijón recovers shipbuilding with a tuna boat for Mexico

Armon will recover shipbuilding in Gijón with the construction of, at least, one tuna boat for the Mexican company Grupo Maritimo Industrial. The project that the company from Navia considered since some years ago, before the acquisition of Juliana, has just realized. Armon and the company presided by Antonio Suárez have signed the first contract for the new stage of the shipyard. Liberbank and Banco Herrero will finance the operation, that will be presented by the company next Monday, 5th of March. Each boat will cost around 20 millions Euros.
After mora than one year since the group from Navia bought Juliana Constructora Gijonesa, the shipyard is on the verge of recover shipbuilding activity in Gijón. The group of Navia signed the deeds of the company from Gijón the 14th of February of last year, since then the have invest almost 1 million Euros in installations repairs and maintenance.
After some attempts, the problem "tax lease", prevented until now new contracts for Juliana. Armon negotiated the construction of seismic vessels, fishing boats and PSV for marine platforms between 80 and 130 meters long, but none project was realized.
After appropriate the construction of 14 tug boats for the Panama Canal, the Council of Gijón ask the company to move part of this work to the Shipyard in Gijón to reactivate the naval industry in the city. Armon rejected this possibility because they consider tug boats were offered by Armon Navia and the shipyard of Gijon was destined to the construction of vessels with bigger draft. By the end of this month, the company met Gijons Mayor, Carmen Moriyón, and local authorities to inform they about the group plans for the shipyard of Gijon. The Economic Development and Employment City Councillor, Fernando Couto, said then "there will be good new at the beginning of 2012"
Resumption of naval activity in Juliana will also be a good new for the redundant employees that in May 2009 signed a guarantee agreement. This agreement signed by labor union, Regoinal Government, Gijón Council and Pynar, anticipated the job of redundant in Juliana once they achieved viability.
Armon Gijon was waiting to receive first projects to start the activity in the shipyard and to hire workers. Few time after buying the propert, the company named the General Manager of Armon Vigo, Juan Manuel Paino, as manager fo the company in Gijon.
Armon bought the shipyard from El Natahoyo after the Galician company Vulcano caused bankruptcy. With more than 60 millions Euros debt, shipyard was awarded to Navia's group in December 2010.
Armon paid something more than 14 millions Euros for the installations of Gijon, and 14th of February of 2011they signed deed. A team of 55 employees work during some months in the installations fitting out.
Source: www.elcomercio.es

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