Armón guarantees work for two years with the construction of two ships
A fishing vessel for Iceland and an oceanographic vessel for Ireland will be next milestones
The Armón group has a guaranteed workload for the next two years. The company delivered a ferry for Tahiti this week and already has two other projects underway: an oceanographic vessel that has begun construction and is in the block assembly phase and another vessel that is more advanced, a fishing trawler for Iceland capable of operating in very hostile conditions in the middle of ice. This vessel has passed the initial phase and is already in the water where the hull has been placed to finish all the necessary fitting out work on board. The fishing trawler will work in the cold waters near the Arctic.
The new oceanographic vessel for Ireland, worth 22.5 million euros and with a workload of 26 months. The future vessel is designed by the Norwegian engineering firm Skipsteknisk A/S and will be 52 metres long, to be built at the Bouzas shipyard. Delivery is scheduled for 2022. The new oceanographic vessel will replace the RV Celtic Voyager and will be a complementary vessel to Ireland's largest research vessel, the 65-metre RV Celtic Explorer. It will be based in Galway Harbour. The Marine Institute of Ireland believes that the vessel will be key to addressing some of the future research challenges off the coast of Ireland. One of its areas of activity will be the conservation, management and rebuilding of fish stocks. It will also greatly enhance the institute's many research and data collection activities in areas such as marine biodiversity, marine spatial planning and ocean observation and monitoring.
Astilleros Armón Vigo has several more vessels in sight and pending contracting. The orders for this group guarantee that there will be a direct workload for at least 150 people during the next two years, which is the estimated duration of the construction of these ships. Possibly, with the work of the subcontractors, this figure will be exceeded and several hundred direct and indirect jobs will be created. The group is one of the best working in the Vigo estuary and in a context of difficulties for other companies in the sector. "We are working, and things are coming along little by little", say sources from the staff of a company with a great commercial activity.
As the pandemic is coming under control and the shipping companies want to recover passenger traffic, new orders are appearing in the sector. Balearia entrusted Armón with a new ship that will sail the Balearics this month. The Eleanor Roosevelt, which began construction at the end of 2018, was finished at Armón Gijón. Last year Armón delivered a trawler to Canada for scallop fishing.
Source: La Voz de Galicia