Spain Northwest shipyard, benchmark of quality, is working in full performance on several projects
The Spanish company is currently working on several projects. One of the most relevant is the construction of an oceanographic vessel for the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research. This sophisticated ship was awarded to Gondan Shipyard through an international tender, in which it competed with eight Norwegian and one Spanish shipyards, and in March the project was finally requested to it. Construction work is going at a fast pace. Steel cutting has begun recently, once the technical work was done. She will be 74.5 meters LOA and 17.4 beam. Cutting edge technology has been used to develop the vessel, which will allow her to perform oceanographic tasks – as studying the bottom of the sea – hydrographic, marine biology, biomass analysis, and geology works, launching and recovery of buoys for data collection, ROV and AUV operations, as well as logistic and cargo handling operations, and student training.
At the same time AG is building a PSV (Platform Supply Vessel) for the Norwegian Simon Møkster, specifically designed for missions at the Arctic. Among the most relevant features of this vessel, we find her Wave Piercing design, which allows a safer and less fuel consuming navigation; and Rolls Royce Unified Bridge, for fully operation from touch screens in the bridge. It is also remarkable the installation in stern of a novel FIFI system. Her delivery is estimated for next year.
However, The British Marine Society & Sea Cadets will not have to wait so long to enjoy its TS Royalist ship, a training vessel – almost finished – with a delivery expected for middle March. The two-masts and steel hull ship will be 32 meters long and 7.4 meters beam. She will be able to accommodate 24 trainees – in voyages from 6 to 14 days – in Northern European sea waters.
Furthermore, Gondan Shipyard has signed a new contract with Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi AS for the construction of three tugs that will join their fleet at Melkøya, North Norway. These three new escort tugs will operate in icy environments of up to -20º C, what means a demanding design and quality construction to protect crew and equipment from the weather. They are designed by the Canadian Robert Allan.
With 40m length and 16m beam, they will have a bollard pull of 100 tons and escort steering force of 155 tons at 10 knots . The propulsion system will be a dual fuel system that can operate on LNG or marine gas oil. Delivery is estimated during the first half of 2017.
Østensjø Rederi, one of the biggest owners of the Norwegian offshore industry, maintains excellent relations with Gondan Shipyard, which has already built several tugs and offshore support vessels.
But Gondan Shipyard is not only working on the above mentioned projects, but it is also looking ahead to keep increasing its orders and, in recent weeks, has started operating with its new crane. This important hoisting facility, which has all environmental authorizations, will allow moving loads of up to 50 tons at 30 meters. With this implementation, Gondan Shipyard is making a significant investment, introducing improvements that will result in construction time reduction and, consequently, in a greater market competitiveness.
Thus Gondan Shipyard continues with its policy for improving levels of quality, delivery time and performances, constant philosophy in a company that keeps adding employment and history in the region.