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Spanish Government formalizes contract with Armon for the construction of the new IEO’s Oceanographic

The tender price has finally been about 69.7 million euros

Ministry of Science and Innovation has reported in the first new year Official State Gazette (BOE) of award contract for the design and construction of a new multipurpose oceanographic and global fisheries research vessel for the IEO has won Armon Vigo Shipyards has already been formalized. The award was confirmed on October 18 for a final amount of 69,695,000 million euros.

The bidding process, in which Armon and Freire Shipyard were contract applicants, ended last October 13, although since June process had leaned in favour of the final winner, who achieved a total score of 83, 10 points with its technical and economic proposal. Freire fell out of the process by including specific information about the equipment in the technical information that would be included in the ship, which would have allowed him to know in advance part of the score that would be assigned to him automatically, according to the resolution.

At 90-m long, the new BOMAG, acronym for Global Multipurpose Oceanographic Vessel, will position IEO fleet as one of the most advanced in the world. The ship will expand the "operational capacity and address new responsibilities and challenges in the field of oceanographic research at a global level" of the IEO, according to the Ministry of Science and Innovation. The construction of the oceanographic is part of the Shock Plan for Science and Innovation and has European funding, of up to 80%, through FEDER funds.

A ship of reference
BOMAG will have the capacity to work in a multidisciplinary context, both on fisheries research, and in different disciplines of oceanography (physics, chemistry, marine geology, or ecosystems study, among others). According to Spanish Government, the prospectus ship will respond to the current demands of IEO "must address the study, definition and protection of marine areas." For this, “it needs a global ship, a multidisciplinary platform with a great research capacity, modern and well equipped with advanced systems covering the entire range of ocean depth with maximum precision and from which advanced remote observation systems can be deployed or self-employed”.

Source: Industrias Pesqueras

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