Echebastar Group’s new tuna-freezer was delivered on 18 January from Zamakona Yards, after its inauguration at the Maritime Cruise Station at Getxo, Port of Bilbao.
The vessel has a length of almost 90m and a capacity of 1900m3 of fish in its 20 freezers, with accommodation for 42 crew aboard and a top speed of 18.2 knots.
The ceremony was presided over by Kepa Echebarría, executive representative of the Echebastar Group, and Pedro Garaygordóbil, president of Zamakona. The ‘Madrina’ - who launched the vessel – is Mª Asunción Munitiz Torres, shareholder of the proprietor company of the vessel.
The ceremony was attended by some 250 people including representatives of the Basque and central governments, the Government of the Seychelles, the Port of Bilbao, Zamakona Shipyard, and the fishing company. Afterwards a dinner was held at the Hotel Carlton of Bilbao to mark the event.
Izaro is construction Nº 720 at the shipyard and is a project of a new design with the latest and most modern technology, built to the specifications of the fishing company. Some of the innovations include the aluminium superstructure and bridge, the quick freezing tunnels at -60º and an innovative system of fish separation which returns non targeted fish alive to the ocean with little human intervention.
The Echebaster Group is currently in the process of evaluation by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for its purse seine fishing of skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna.
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