Sustainable and Humanised Fishing Fleet






On Design


Fishing is one of the most important economic activities in the world. It is a source of employment and wealth for communities and both developed and developing countries. In addition to this, the Port of Vigo is one of the most important fishing ports in Europe.

For achieving the best results in terms of economic, social, and environmental performance, fishing needs the most capable and refined tools, including the latest technologies in terms of engineering ships, energy efficiency, improved productivity, safety and onboard living conditions.

Bearing all this in mind, it has been proposed the project of Sustainable and Humanised Fishing Fleet. This project pretends to design and build the fishing vessels of the future being based on automated, digitised, and environmentally-friendly processes, as well as innovative technology in order to improve productivity, habitability (living conditions), and security.


For the design of the project, two phases of different scope have been established in which several actions were designated to achieve the main objective, the modernization of the fishing fleet. These phases are divided as follows:

Phase 1: Designing new fishing vessels in accordance with the following requirements

·         Automation and digitisation of the ship’s operations.

  •     Habitability, usefulness, and security.
  •     Environmental protection (emissions reduction, recycling, etc.).
  •     Innovative features boosting competitiveness (inverted bow, dual engine, efficiency at the work areas).
  •     Productivity.

Phase 2: Applying the newly created designs in actual shipbuilding projects

Building the vessel that has been designed in Phase 1 as a pilot project to be tested before being scaled.

Expected Impacts

Through the implementation of this project, it is expected that:

  •  Job creation: investment in the modernization of fishing vessels will mean new jobs in shipyards and supplier chain industry.
                - Total estimated new jobs: 100

  •  Improvement of the efficiency and competitiveness of the fishing fleet. Example, improving energy efficiency.
  • Improvement of conditions on board for fishermen, by developing initiatives that impact on improving safety on board the ship, working conditions and hygiene.
  • Reduction of emissions
  •  Decrease in discards promoting the selectivity of catches through the improvement of fishing gear.


It is a transversal project within the framework of the Blue Growth Plan to contribute to the objectives of the APV to be a Green, Inclusive and Innovative Port:

  • Green and innovative objective: the project will mainly contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the use and application of cleaner and more environmentally friendly technologies.
  • Inclusive objective: due to its strong character of creation of employment, promoting the development and economic growth of the zone of influence of the Port of Vigo.