Two companies interested in sub-concession of Portugal’s Viana do Castelo shipyards

25 September 2013

Portuguese group Martifer and a company part-owned by a Russian shipping sector businessman are the only competitors for sub-concession of the land and facilities of Portuguese shipyard company Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo (ENVC), the public tender for which ended Monday.

“The proposals were submitted by AK Consultoria de Gestão and by a partnership of Martifer Energy Systems SGPS and NavalRia – Docas e Reparações Navais,” the company said in a statement, where it also noted that AK is 100 percent owned by Russian businessman Andrey Kiselev, the main shareholder of RSI Trading.

The Russian group is the same one that in 2012 reached the final stage of reprivatisation of the shipyard, which was then given up by the government due to an investigation launched by the European Commission into public funds granted to ENVC between 2006 and 2011 to a total of 181 million euros.

Martifer, which already employs 400 people at the NavalRia shipyard in Aveiro, had previously shown interest in a sub-concession on the company but, in 2012, the government made the decision to reprivatise.

Figures published by the Defence Ministry, showed that after the public tender was launched by the board of ENVC on 31 July, 14 entities showed interest by picking up the tender document but, until 5 September, just eight companies had done so and only two put forward proposals.

The winner of the tender will be announced in October. (macauhub)