By Galictio 24 March , 2015 news
The company has been awarded a two-million-Euro painting contract.
Galictio achieves its goal four years after starting the processes required to pave its way into the Brazilian shipbuilding industry. The company has just signed a contract with the Atlántico Sul Shipyard -the largest in the southern hemisphere- for painting the ballast tanks of a supertanker. The assignment has an estimated cost of two million Euro and will be a decisive step for Galictio to set foot in the country. Isidro Silveira, the company manager, explained that this will be a first step as well as “the proof of competitiveness and quality” that will determine our continuity in Brazil. The Atlántico Sul Shipyard is currently executing the construction of eight supertankers, two of which have already been delivered. Galictio will take part in the third ship but our intention, however, is to continue to provide the same services for the remaining vessels, whose construction will be undertaken in 2022. The company will send 13 employees from their large-project department in Asturias to Brazil where they will train 40 operators during an initial stage. Brazilian authorities establish that only 20% of production carried out within their borders may be performed by foreign personnel. Therefore, the second stage will only comprise 8 workers from the region of Galicia. After signing the contract, the works in Brazil will start on the 15th of the coming month of February and will extend for eight more months. The operators will paint a total of 60,000 metres on the tanks of the vessel. For Galictio, entering the demanding Brazilian market is an opportunity for generating income and workload as the country’s shipbuilding sector is in the middle of an expansion process with great expectations for growth due to the discovery of deep-sea oil deposits. Although the initial processes started by Galictio in Brazil were focused on driving the construction of a ship-repair yard in the port of Suapes, this project was later brought to a standstill. Therefore we targeted our efforts on new constructions.