Fastest GRP ferry built in Spain
The GRP Division of the Spanish shipyard Astilleros Gondan has just signed a contract to build a new fast ferry that it claims will be the fastest GRP passenger catamaran built in Spain.
The yard has just signed a contract for the construction in just nine months of the new passenger catamaran for a European country. The vessel, which will reach 34 knots at full load, will be driven by two 3,000hp engines, which will also make it the most powerful GRP ferry built in Spain.
The GRP division of the Asturian shipbuilder can lay claim to be the only Spanish shipyard that to date has built vessels according to the demanding high speed regulations, HSC 2000, without problems of homologation and on the agreed delivery dates. In addition, recently, the shipyard has received the recognition of the Spanish Official Association of Naval Architects for its latest deliveries: four Eco Fast Ferry units, which have received the award for the most outstanding vessel of the year. These catamarans, also HSC 2000, built for Baleària, are currently operating between Ibiza and Formentera, and complete GOndan Shipbuilders’ track record in the field of high speed catamarans.
Gondan has facilities in Figueras, Barres and Castropol. Itclaims to be recognised for its ability to build any type of boat, without technological limits, but having the flexibility to incorporate improvements during the construction process to meet the needs of the shipowner and meeting the strictest quality standards.
By Jake Frith
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