Zamakona starts cutting steel for new Gitte Henning
Zamakona has begun cutting steel for the new Gitte Henning. Image: Zamakona

Zamakona starts cutting steel for new Gitte Henning

The Zamakona shipyard has started cutting steel for newbuilding NB 799 – which will become the new Gitte Henning.

The construction of Gitte Henning consolidates Zamakona’s position as a builder of pelagic vessels. Image: Zamakona

According to the yard, this is going to be a remarkable vessel incorporating a number of environmentally friendly features, many of them new in pelagic fishing – including two propellers in a twin-skeg hull design, permanent magnet motors for propulsion and deck machinery and battery pack technology.

‘This newbuild represents our consolidation as one of the main shipbuilding yards in the pelagic trawler market after delivery of seven vessels for shipowners in Scotland, and so this is a very important milestone for us,’ said Pedro Garaygordobil, Chairman of Zamakona Yards, commenting that 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 production.

‘The project is making good progress in co-operation with the customer and with the designer Salt Ship Design.’

The whole steel blocks for the vessel are to be manufactured at the yard’s facilities in Bilbao.

Pedro Garaygordobil said that Zamakona Yard continue with its strategy of no outsourcing to low-cost third countries, assuring best quality and delivery time for the steel structure of the vessel.

Assembly of the ship sections at the slipway is scheduled to begin in July 2020.