During the month of October, all jobs to bring the ship Juan de la Cosa up to date were carried out by Zamakona Yards in Pasaia during the vessel’s dry docking period.
Last August, the Social Marine Institute awarded Zamakona contract for the repair, maintenance and commissioning of the vessel, which included: boiler overhaul, preparation work, hull and deck blasting and painting, tank cleaning, pump, davit, propeller, stabilizing fins repairs and maintenance and finally testing all equipment.
Having terminated these jobs, Zamakona Yards has fulfilled its commitment to the Spanish Government and the Social Marine Institute and the seafarers. The ship is now ready and in perfect condition to serve the fishing fleet in the North Atlantic during the bonito, the anchovies and the swordfish campaigns.
This hospital ship provides useful service to the Spanish fishing fleet, supplying health care “in situ” to anyone who requests it and is within the area it covers. In situations of high risk and severity, the vessel has the means to evacuate ill persons to land in the most suitable and quickest possible way.
In addition to health activities, the vessel also provides emergency logistics support such as fishing net release service, dive service, electrical repairs etc.
With a length of 75 meters and a width of 14 meters, it has a dedicated area for castaways, common areas, service areas and cabins for ill persons. It has an operating room with videoconferencing equipment for medical use, should assistance be need in surgical operations. It also has an analytical laboratory, a treatment room and an isolated x-ray room. It also has a heliport, speedboats and a rescue boat.
Press Release, November 19, 2013