Mexico Returns to the Shipbuilding Industry
Mexican shipyard Talleres Navales del Golfo (TNG) announced on May 26 the reactivation of the Mexican shipbuilding industry in the keel laying ceremony of the Azimuth Tugboat C-130 for PEMEX.
Present at the event were main authorities such as SEMAR, PEMEX, Bureau Veritas and Astilleros Armon, among others. The ceremony was was inaugurated by TNG’s General Manager speech, Jose Antonio Sardina, who said the experience of its company staff is equal to the experience of the best shipyards in the world. Some minutes after, Sardina’s words were supported by Jose Manuel Carrera, PMI’s General Director of who said, “Mexico can build ships, repair and maintain vessels of all drafts and technologies.”
Both speeches preceded the kickoff of the Keel Laying, its dimensions are of 11m in length, 3m in heights and a weight of 3 tons. TNG said it is the first Mexican Shipyard to start the shipbuilding of one of the seven tugs assigned to Mexico by SEMAR and PEMEX, and leads the Mexican Shipbuilding Industry by having the mission of carrying out the steel plates cutting that will be used in the shipbuilding of these seven vessels, and most important, the full shipbuilding of four tugboats assigned to TNG. The project will also include the shotblasting, shop primer and the bevel of more than 1,500 steel plates with a weight close to 3,000 tons.
By June of 2015, TNG will deliver the Azimuth Tugboat C-130 to PEMEX, which will have a length of 31.5m and breadth of 11.2m, with pull power of 50 tons, a draft of 4.2m and a speed of 12 knots. These tugboats were designed especially to do operations at sea and port, such as maneuvers of towage at port and coastal areas, towing at sea, firefighting services with foam water pump, antipollution works with dispersant spraying, rescue work and hydrocarbons collection jobs.
Talleres Navales del Golfo’s General Manager added, “In the shipbuilding industry, the keel is the most important piece of a vessel structure, I’m sure that this big moment represents the keel of a new era for TNG and Mexico.”