According to Pymar, the body representing independent Spanish shipyards, Astilleros Murueta will build a fourth trawler for Greenland, this time for Qaleralik, part of the Royal Greenland group.
The yard has recently delivered two new trawlers, Sisimiut and Avataq, for Royal Greenland, and a third is under construction.
The latest order will be for an 82 metre vessel will be a factory vessel capable of operating in Arctic waters, built to operate with a crew of 30.
Pymar CEO Almudena López del Pozo has sought to ‘highlight the effort made by the shipyard to achieve this project and to thank the commitment of all the participating entities in the financing of this sophisticated ship, and expressly to ICO for its permanent and essential support to the shipbuilding sector.’
To facilitate the build, Murueta has been able to secure financing and the guarantees from ICO, Bankinter and Pymar. The Pymar guarantees are via the Maritime Guarantee Fund, in which the Spanish, Basque and Galician governments have involvement.
Astilleros Murueta has delivered more than 300 vessels, including tuna purse seiners, freezer trawlers and live fish transporters. The yard is currently building a live fish transporter and a tuna purse seiner, in addition to Ice Trawl Greenland’s new 82 metre trawler Nataarnaq, which is expected to be delivered in the later part of 2021.