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Basque shipbuilding adds 14 vessels in portfolio and has workload until 2023

The Basque Maritime Forum elects Aitor Uriarte, from Cintranaval-Defcar, as its new president

Around 100 companies of the Basque shipbuilding industry participated in the XXIV General Assembly of the Basque Maritime Forum, in which Aitor Uriarte, from the Basque engineering company Cintranaval-Defcar was elected as the new president, also of the Agrupación De Industrias Marítimas De Euskadi (ADIMDE). He takes over from Jorge Zubiaga.

The Basque naval cluster has taken the opportunity to take stock of the situation of the Basque naval sector and the impact of COVID19. According to data from the Ministry of Industry, the Basque shipyards closed 2020 with 6 new contracts, which represents 33% of the total number of contracts obtained by all the shipyards in the state (18 new units). In addition to these, two new units were signed at the beginning of the year, which raise the order book of the Basque industry to 14 vessels, more than 30% of the national total at the end of 2020.

Despite the new contracts of the Basque shipyards and the workload until 2023 in all of them, "2020 has been a year marked by the pandemic". In this context, companies in the Basque maritime sector have invoiced a total of 2769 million euros (3% less than the previous year). As far as employment is concerned, companies in the Basque maritime sector employed a total of 13,294 workers (3% less than the previous year).

The export rate of the new contracts obtained during 2020 was 83.3%. Placing the order book at 92.3% for export.

Source: Industrias Pesqueras

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