The Zamakona Shipyard in Bilbao is making steady progress on its NB-799, otherwise known as the innovative Salt-designed pelagic vessel Gitte Henning.
‘We started cutting steel on 8th May and laid the keel as scheduled on 14th July,’ a spokesman for the yard said, commenting that by the end of this year, 80% of the steel fabrication is expected to be complete.
‘NB‐799 will feature a number of environmentally friendly solutions, many of them new in pelagic fishing – such as two propellers and a twin‐skeg hull design, permanent magnet motors for propulsion and deck machinery, battery pack, and more. Throughout the design process and in the choice of equipment, the focus has been on improving quality of the fish and reducing emissions through reduced energy consumption and efficient power generation.’
The whole steel blocks for the vessel are being manufactured at the yard’s facility in Bilbao. Zamakona is continuing with its strategy of not outsourcing work to low-cost third countries, instead maintaining production in Spain.
‘This assures the best quality and delivery time for the steel structure of the vessel,’ the yard’s spokesman said.
‘The Factory Acceptance Test for main equipment is being done in several places in Europe and equipment installation will start in the beginning of 2021.’