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Quality pays off

The Nodosa shipyard, based at Marín in north-western Spain, is making a first appearance at IceFish this year.

The yard has acquired a strong reputation for the quality of its newbuilds and ship repair is also an important part of the yard's work.

"We see Iceland as an interesting market with opportunities there for us. Nodosa is a traditional builder of fishing vessels and this is a sector where we are both well established and where we intend to stay," said general manager Daniel Dopico.

"We have been watching what has been happening in Iceland, where there has been plenty of activity in building new vessels, and we see this as a potential market for what we are able to offer. Quality is what pays off in the long run and each vessel is built as if we were building it for ourselves."

Two years ago Nodosa was able to expand its presence in the port of Marín, taking over a neighbouring shipyard that had closed down. The result is that Nodosa's capacity for both newbuilds and repairs has been boosted significantly with six slipways and extensive engineering facilities.

"The slipways can take vessels up to 150 metres, so we can handle fishing vessels of any size," he said.

The yard currently has a varied track record, ranging from refitting tuna purse seiners to building seine netters for Dutch owners and a recent delivery is a unique freezer longliner for the Falkland Islands, as well as which there is a steady stream of refit and maintenance work for the local fleet.

Nodosa has an impressive orderbook that includes a pair of fresher trawlers for owners in Germany and several of the latest generation of distant water factory vessels for Spanish operators.

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