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Zamakona Yards have begun work on the new Gitte Henning AS, with steel cutting for the new vessel starting as scheduled last Friday (May 8th).

The new Gitte Henning will have a number of environmentally friendly features, several of them new in pelagic fishing, including two propellers and a twin-skeg hull design, and permanent magnet motors for propulsion.

Improving the quality of the fish and reducing emissions through reduced energy consumption have been at the fore in terms of the decisions that have been made relating to the vessel’s design and choice of equipment.

“This new build represents our consolidation as one of the main shipbuilding yards into the pelagic trawler market after delivery of 7 vessels for shipowners in Scotland, and thus it is a very important milestone for us,” said Pedro Garaygordobil, Chairman of Zamakona Yards.

“The project progresses in good cooperation with the customer and with the designer Salt Ship Design.”

The whole steel blocks for the vessel will be manufactured at the yard’s own facilities in Bilbao, Spain. Assembly of the ship sections at the slipway is scheduled to commence in July.