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Freire will build again a patrol vessel after getting a new assignment for Kuwait

The vessel, 42 metres long, will be delivered at the end of 2019. The shipyard from Vigo Naval constructions Paulino Freire (Freire Shipyard) retakes this year the construction of patrol vessels after winning a new assignment for Kuwait. Specialized in the construction of oceanographic vessels in the last few years, the factory from Vigo will build a 42 metres-long patrol boat, planned to be delivered at the end of 2019.  This will be the fifth ship of this kind they build and the first in the last 15 years

The technical specifications of the vessel include a speed exceeding 30 knots, thanks to the two engines with 2.000KW capacity and fix pitch propellers. It will be enabled for 16 crewmembers and will have a 7 metres rescue boat in the stern of the vessel. “Thanks to its hull, designed with double knuckle, this ship will be in excellent seaworthy conditions” , reported the shipyard yesterday. The assignment is the second one Freire got for this country in less than a year.

The first one was an oceanographic vessel with 55 metres in length, built for Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research (KISR), that has an execution period of 24 months and will be able to operate at a depth of 2.000 metres. The shipyard’s management explained yesterday that they hoard “an extensive experience in the design and construction of patrol vessels”. The last one delivered by Freire was Anna Kakurukaze Mungunda, a vessel of more than 60 metres long for the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Affairs of Namibia. Before that, they built a series of three patrol vessels for the Spanish Government: Alborán, Arnomendi and Tarifa. This last was delivered in 2003and is the biggest one ever built by this shipyard, with its 68 metres in length. All of them are operated by the Spanish Army. Thus, the Galician naval sector keeps increasing its order book after closing 2017 as their best financial year of the last decade, according to the company’s data, which clusters the most of the private shipyards of Spain, PYMAR. As published by FARO, the contracts are valued in 470 million euros, what can be explained to a large extent by the ultrapremium cruise signed by Hijos de J. Barreras for Ritz-Carlton.

Source: Faro de Vigo

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