Armón Vigo ensures the workload for two years and the employment of 700 people


The Armón company is increasingly increasing its activity in Vigo. Yesterday she launched the first electric ferry made in Spain from the facilities of her first shipyard, Armón Vigo, and today she will receive two old Barreras repair vessels. All this while they are already working on the demolition of the Aucosa ship, which, according to its director Santiago Martín, “will allow the two shipyards to be united and operate as a single factory”.

The two tugs arriving in Barreras today, renamed Ría de Vigo Shipyard, will remain under repair until December, employing 90 people, who are also carrying out work in various steel phases for other vessels. “Right now we already have freight for the next two years,” says Martín, who points out that “today we already have seven ships in our portfolio in different phases and the idea is to add more. others as soon as possible”.

By joining the 90 workers who are in the facilities of the old Barreras to those of Armón Vigo, the Asturian company currently employs some 200 people between the two plants. However, given the forecast of more ships arriving, he hopes to increase this number. “We understand that in January or February of next year we will already be around 500 people and in spring or summer we will be around 600 or 700 people,” says Martín.

Between the two factories, Armón will work in the coming months in three oceanographic factories, one for the government and two others for Iceland and New Zealand; also two fishing boats, one for Malvinas of 75 meters for Copemar and another for scallops in Argentina. “Historically we were dedicated to fishing, but three years ago we entered the world of ferries, tugboats, we are dedicated to ‘off shore’ and we are leaders in oceanography, we try to do a bit of everything”, explains the director. by Armon Vigo.

All this after finishing yesterday the works of the “Cap de Barbaria”, the first electric ferry in Spain for passengers and freight with zero emissions in stays and approaches to the port with which the company Balearia will cover the route between Ibiza and Formentera . The ship was launched to the sound of bagpipes yesterday after hosting an act in which the ship’s godmother, Formentera athlete Andrea Romero Escandell, performed the classic smashing of a bottle of cava against the hull.

The event brought together, among others, Elena Espinosa, Deputy Mayor; the delegate of the Xunta, Marta Fernández-Tapias; the president of the Port Authority, Jesús Vázquez Almuiña; the president of Baleària, Adolfo Utor; and the CEO of Armón, Laudelino Alperi, who recalled that the former Barreras “had already built four ferries for Balearia which left 10 million hours of work”. Alperi pointed out that Vigo is already “a point of reference at national level as a center of the private navy” and after the purchase of Barreras, “the professional challenge of recovering its activity and the historic challenge of overcoming its 150 years of ‘activity’ has been marked.

An electric ferry with 12 hours of autonomy without emissions

Alperi, Romero, Utor, Tapias and Espinosa in Armón Vigo before the ferry launch.

The “Cap de Barbaria” will begin its services as H2 Ready, that is, ready to install a hydrogen system with a 200 kW cell, a storage capacity that would allow its use for 24 hours and the supply 30% of the energy required. Santiago Martín pointed out that “due to the operational profile of Balearia, when we travel short distances, we can work with batteries on the ship that allow no emissions to be produced when approaching the port”. The vessel will have a 12-hour autonomy in port, as well as a cold iron shore connection. The ship’s electrical installation will have an intelligent management system to optimize its use at all times and improve its efficiency. During all phases of approach, manoeuvre, mooring and stay in port, the vessel will not emit polluting gases. The vessel is 82 meters long and 15.5 meters wide and will be able to sail at up to 14 knots.

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