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Aister manufactures a salmon boat after allying with GMV, the top north shipyard in the world

It is an electric passenger ship with aluminium materials

Norway, like Galicia, lives from the sea, both from fishing and from the rest of the resources that they extract from its waters and seabed. For this reason, its coast is full of shipyards, even in the icy regions near the arctic. There is the northernmost shipyard in the world, the century-old company Grovfjord Mek. Verksted (GMV), which has maintained a solid relationship with Vigo’s Bay for a few months. As this newspaper learned, Aister Aluminum Shipyard from the city of Moaña has reached a strategic agreement with GMV to deepen the construction of aluminium ships and, above all, with a green seal. As a result of this partnership, Aister is manufacturing an electric boat that will be dedicated to salmon aquaculture in Norwegian waters.

The agreement between the two companies began to take shape at the beginning of coronavirus pandemic. The visit in 2020 summer to facilities managed by Bärt Meek-Hansen, located three hours south of the city of Tromsø, was the final shot, with the intention of finding a common point between the specialization of each firm: fishing boats and aquaculture by GMV and the Aister high-speed constructions.
In this sense, one of the common points of both companies is the commitment to sustainability through electric and hybrid drives. Aister, for example, started in this niche ten years ago, when it built the 100% electric passenger ship Juan de Homar, which currently operates in Canal de Castilla, and today continues to work in this sector with the two barges also from passage that was awarded to operate on a river in France. GMV, for its side, was the first shipyard to build an electric garbage collection ship for the port of Oslo three years ago, with a working capacity of up to eight hours a day without needing to recharge.
As a result of this collaboration, Aister is already working on a new unit, for which they receive all the design and technical support from their Norwegian partner. It is an electrically powered catamaran with a length of 15 meters and a beam of 10 for a Norwegian shipowner dedicated to salmon farming. The unit, which will be the number 84 of the Spanish shipyard and the 184 of the Norwegian firm, seems like the first of many. And it is there are already several projects under negotiation on the table, especially units like one now under construction, whose delivery is scheduled for the months of September or October of this year. Specifically, Aister and GMV are studying the manufacture of another 12-meter-long catamaran and another 18-meter one, always with hybrid and electric drives, and for the powerful Norwegian aquaculture sector.

GMV originated in 1919 in an area dominated by salmon aquaculture. Since its inception, the company has opted for innovation, among other things because of the need to stand out given its geographical location, and as they themselves say, it is the shipyard located to the north of the planet. In this sense, the Meek-Hansen firm is also participating in support ships for the wind sector and in a series of drone ships, a niche in which Aister also worked hand in hand with Navantia to invoice the Vendaval for Ceuta’s Port.

Source: Faro de Vigo

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