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Vessel of the Month

IZAR Races Ahead With New Transmed Ferry

By David Tinsley

Testament to the Spanish state-owned group's determination to raise perfor- mance throughout the organization,

IZAR is on track to deliver a high-grade

R0R0 passenger ferry only 20 months after contract signing. The launch of the 6,300-dwt Murillo a month ahead of schedule has also underscored the latent scope of the shipyard at Seville, where a substantial upgrading and modernization program has been set in motion. Earlier con- cerns over work continuity at the premises, Spain's furthest inland ship- building facility, have been allayed by the decision to entrust Astillero Sevilla

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Moreover, the agreement recently signed by IZAR with an Algerian ferry operator means that Seville is set to be entrusted with an additional RoRo, which will follow on from the yard's assignments in gas tanker block fabrica- tion. Compania Trasmediterranea's 590.5-ft. (180-m) Murillo, and the 475.5-ft. (145-m) newbuild to be laid down for Algiers-based ENTMV, under- score the yard's advance in the RoRo and passenger ship sectors.

Investment to the tune of more than $20 million is being spent on the yard to 12 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News

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