VIGO Shipbuilding and Repair Industry heading to Cruise market
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 14:41 by vigo
Shipbuilding and repair has historically been a powerful industry at the Port of Vigo. Originally based on fishing vessels building, Vigo shipyards and dockyards growing business allowed them to develop their infrastructures and to improve their staff qualification and boost their expertise, until reaching 40% of the Spanish civilian shipbuilding industry in the mid 2000’s.
After that period, to counteract the competition of East Europe and Asian countries, these companies focused precisely on their specialization and expertise and turn to technologically advanced vessels, oceanographic and seismographic ships, or offshore support vessels, among others.
During the 6th edition of NAVALIA, Vigo biannual International Shipbuilding Exhibition, that took place last May, local industry aimed at cruise building as one of their future targets, namely Luxury Cruise Ship design and building. Since then, several Vigo based shipyards have announced the signing of projects related to this niche market for the next future.
On the meantime, Cruise & Maritime’s premium-rated cruise ship Astoria is already berthed at Vigo for a three month stay to undergo minor refurbishment works afloat prior to her 2017 spring season, when she will be based in Tilbury, cruising the English Channel and the Baltic. This will be an excellent opportunity for all Vigo shipyards and ancillary industry to prove and promote their quality, efficiency and reliability to cruise industry.
Astoria (c) APVigo
The city of Vigo (the most populated city of the Northwestern Spain), also known as “The city of olives”, is located on one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Iberian peninsula, and looks over the bay with the same name.
From the Cies Islands up to the island of San Simon, and then expanding after the Rande bridge; the whole bay is dotted with picturesque small fishing villages.
The Celts and the Romans, who left many artistic traces, lived in Vigo, a place that was officially appointed as a city in 1816.
Historical events: attacked by pirates driven by Drake and the Duke of Lancaster; witness to the Battle of Rande, taken by the French in 1809 and liberated by Cachamuina and Morillo, promoted to “Loyal and Valiant City”, led into the industrial era with the help of the Catalonians, has reclaimed land from the sea and turned into a cosmopolitan metropolis. The highest stands are the hills of O Castro and A Guia, and from there it winds down to the charming old quarter.