28 march 2021
Baird Maritime, the publisher of maritime professional magazines and portals, has awarded the ships Zodiak II and Planeta I from Remontowa Shipbuilding SA with the 2020 World’s Best Multi-Purpose Vessel Award.
Zodiak II and Planeta I are twin multipurpose vessels built as part of the “Nostri Maris – construction of two multipurpose vessels” project conducted by the Maritime Office in Szczecin, co-financed by the European Union from the Cohesion Fund, under the “Infrastructure and Environment” Operational Programme 2014-2020.
The new, 60-metre-long vessels designed by the Remontowa Marine Design office and built at Remontowa Shipbuilding from the Remontowa Holding group replaced the long-used vessels operated by the Maritime Office in Szczecin and the Maritime Office in Gdynia. The first of the two vessels of this type – Zodiak II – was handed over to the Maritime Office in Gdynia, Planeta I to the Maritime Office in Szczecin – both in 2020.
- Completing these highly versatile vessels and putting them into service was quite a challenge for Remontowa Shipbuilding SA, which like other companies around the world, had to make significant changes to its day-to-day operations to minimise the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic – Baird Maritime pointed out.
Despite numerous difficulties, the shipyard delivered nine vessels last year. As highlighted in Baird Maritime’s commentary, Remontowa Shipbuilding has built on its earlier success with advanced negotiations with potential customers, increasing the possibility of securing further orders for new advanced vessels.
Despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it has been a very creative and productive year for newbuilding yards and manufacturers worldwide, particularly in the fishing, passenger and maritime safety sectors – explained Neil Baird, co-founder and former editor-in-chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine.
– Importantly, the innovation demonstrated in vessel design and equipment, and the quality of construction and finish, overall, was unprecedented and impressive.