On July 22 Gondan Shipyard in Figueras launched the vessel “MARTIN SÆLE”, the first Live fish carrier built by the yard. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the ship-owner, the Norwegian company Salmon Star AS, the Spanish shipbuilder said in a press release.
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This Live Fish Carrier, with 50 meters length and 12,6 meters beam, has capacity to transport up to 1000 m3 of volume of water and fish alive in her hold. She will operate in the Shetland Islands, where she will transport young and adult fish between different farms along the coast, and also transporting to and from the inland fish factories and farms. She is a technologically advanced vessel and will be able to accommodate up to 7 crew members; but due to her high degree of automation, she will be operated only by 4 persons.
After the launching, the vessel was moored at the Yard´s quay, where she will remain for the next few weeks, until the outfitting process is completed. Then, after the thorough sea trials, the ship will sail towards Scotland, ready to meet the high expectations of her charterer.
Astilleros Gondan, S.A. (Gondan Shipyard) based in Spain has two facilities, both located in the municipality of Castropol (Asturias). The main factory of the shipyard is situated in the port of Figueras, while the steel-cutting workshop and the equipment warehouse is situated in the Industrial Park of Barres. The majority of the work is carried out in Figueras; steel production, hull assembly, mounting, constructing, outfitting, etc.