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Offshore Patrol Vessel (BAM-IS) will be built at Navantia Cádiz

It will add 1.3 million hours of work and generate around 1,100 jobs over three and a half years

The construction of the Meteoro-class offshore patrol vessel (BAM-IS) for the Spanish Navy by Navantia will involve over 1.3 million hours of work for Cádiz Bay.

BAM-IS works, including engineering jobs, will generate around 1,100 jobs over the next three and a half years, creating direct, indirect, and induced employment. Almost 160 will be direct employees of Navantia, about 300 will correspond to co-operational industry and another 660 will be generated within suppliers and other companies.

All together will mean three and a half years of a direct and indirect added value generating approximately €54 Mi per year to national economy, and an added demand of €159 Mi per year.

The ship will be built at Navantia shipyard in Puerto Real (Cádiz), specialized in large vessels. Navantia is working at the same time on the Avante 2200 program for Saudi Arabia at its San Fernando shipyard, the F-110 frigate program for the Spanish Navy in Ferrol and the S-80 submarine program in Cartagena.

BAM-IS will have among its missions: diving operations, salvage, support for salvage and rescue of wrecked submarines, intervention and rescue in accidents and shipwrecks and surveillance, and monitoring underwater heritage.

The ship construction is a challenge from the point of view of integrating systems, sensors, and equipment that must carry to tackle its wide range of missions. It will therefore represent a new technological advance for Navantia, which already has recognized experience as a systems integrator, and will allow it to expand its product catalogue and potential markets.

Vessels with underwater intervention capabilities are expected to be a product with increasing international demand given increase expectations in the number of submarines.

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