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Sunday August 3, 2014

Spanish Firm Delivers Second Tuna Boat to Mexico’s Grupomar

Spanish Firm Delivers Second Tuna Boat to Mexico’s Grupomar

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Spanish shipyard Armon on Sunday delivered the tuna boat Oaxaca, the second vessel in a three-ship package, to Mexico’s Grupo Maritimo Industrial, or Grupomar.

The 78-meter (255-foot) boat is of the same type as the Gijon, which was delivered in December 2013, and the Manzanillo, a vessel that is under construction at the shipyard.

The Oaxaca was delivered in Gijon, a port city in the northern Spanish region of Asturias, after Maria Fernanda Suarez de Guerra, the daughter of Grupomar chairman Antonio Suarez Gutierrez, baptized the vessel.

Javier Fernandez, the president of the Asturian regional government, Mexican Ambassador to Roberta Kajoux and Spanish Ambassador to Mexico Luis Fernandez-Cid also attended the ceremony.

Fernandez thanked Suarez Gutierrez, calling him “one of the best ambassadors that Asturias has in the world” because he constantly shows “his love for the land” where he was born and grew up.

Suarez Gutierrez said the first tuna boat in the package purchased by Grupomar was named the Gijon to honor the city where he spent his childhood, while the Oaxaca was given its name as a tribute to the southern Mexican state where his wife and daughter were born.

Mexico and Spain are enjoying “excellent relations” in the trade and diplomatic areas, a key factor for promoting economic development, Kajoux said.

Bilateral relations are “magnificent,” as demonstrated by the delivery of the Oaxaca, Fernandez-Cid said.

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