Pag. 30. Interview with President of COTECMAR. He speaks about the achieved of Cotecmar in tax incentives for the industry. It has stimulated the sector positively. States that  Cotecmar will continue working on the regulatory framework, promote funding for domestic and foreign shipowners and continue with the approach of diversifying its portfolio of services to ensure sustainability.

He mentions that Cotecmar led the process to achieve that raw materials for the manufacture of ships have zero tariffs, provided they have the record of national production.  He also mentioned that VAT was eliminated on raw materials purchasing that  COTECMAR made in Colombia or abroad.

Link President of Cotecmar interview «Week Magazine».

Pag. 35.  Admiral José Joaquin Amézquita Garcia, – Head of the Planning Office of the Navy, speaks of the PES, as a flagship program for Colombian Navy.

Link PES article Admiral Amezquita «Week Magazine»

Pag. 36. ASTIVIK with 47 years of experience, shares his contribution to the shipyard Colombian industry, mentioning that it produces more than 2,600 direct and indirect jobs in the construction and maintenance of the units.  Astivik also is proud of the tugboat with more power in all the country, that they built.

Pag. 40. Captain Cesar Rojas, General Manager of  ISACOL, speaks about his company who is recognized as a leading Shipping Agency in Colombia.  Isacol has 43 years of experience. Captain Rojas shares his story about the creation and consolidation of this successful company.  Isacol has moved more than 10 million tons of cargo in 2017. It represents  10.7% of a total load of Colombia.

Pag.42. National University shares the progress of “Hydrometra Research Group”, which is creating innovations for the shipbuilding and shipyard, bringing the design of a solar boat to the town of Vigia del Fuerte in Antioquia. It is being designed the prototype and field tests will begin in June.

Pag. 45.Technological University shares its Aquabus-E project to Cartagena. 12 passenger boat, powered by two electric motors powered by lithium battery. It includes solar panels on the roof. It will be ready in late 2019.

Pag. 48. DAMEN, shares his project POLA (107 mts) it is building in Mexico. He proposes that a similar project could be built in Colombia. Expresses its intention to participate in the PES project.

Pag. 52. Captain Fredy Zarate, shares her personal experience related to his passion for designing ships.

Pag. 54. Trade Minister of Colombia, Mr Jose Manuel Restrepo, shares that Government is giving wide support to the sector. He mentions that a programme called “Proastilleros” was created at the Ministry, which aims to reduce to 0% the tariff of the 395 items subheadings that Colombia does not produce and which are necessary to make and repair boats, achieving, with it, savings of approximately 400,000 million pesos.  He also is promoting the productive chain, expand suppliers platform, working with Mipymes (small businesses) and the creation of shipbuilding clusters. It states that the purpose is that Colombia manufacture ships for various purposes, such as defence, riverine and offshore. He expresses its support for the management of COTECMAR.

Pag. 56. Schottel shares his experience of almost 70 years. In Colombia, Mr Julio Carrasquilla, General Manager,  mentions that the PAF has the Azimuthal Schottel system. They have been suppliers of Cotecmar for several years.

Pag. 58. Eng. Martin Carlos Cerro, Operations Director of ASTIVIK. (second biggest shipyard at the country). He tells his story of 30 years at this company.

Pag. 62. Harold Fassmer mentioned recent projects such as the Rainbow Warriors II, for Greenpeace, and hydrographic and oceanographic vessel ATAI, the first ship in the world LNG propelled. He agrees with  Cotecmar strategy in relation to integrating academia and industry.  He mentions as an example  OPV 80,  in it, technology transfer worked.

Pag. 64. Safe Boats International is an American company who co-produce with COTECMAR «Apostles 41 and» Defender 38 «.  More than 30 are operated by the Coast Guard of the ARC. Its production ends in 2019.

Pag. 66. Colombia Saab, a Swedish company, manufactures submarines and ships. Are currently designing the submarine A26 for the Swedish Navy, it is the submarine world’s most modern construction.  Saab leverage the competitive advantage with the Offset legislation, which imposes a compensation for the purchase of material in the defence sector. In this way, the company compensates for the nation that buys its products. In Colombia, it is mandatory to abide by these laws when business exceeds one million dollars and many times the value of compensation is 100% of the purchase value.

Pag. 70. Professor Geoffrey Till, tells his story of how he became a professor.

Pag. 72.  Forum:  Admiral Federico Javier Bravo de Rueda, Executive Director at Peruvian SIMA Shipyard and Mr Raul Eugenio Podetti, Colombiamar moderator and author of the book of “La  Industria Naval Argentina”  (The  Argentina Naval Industry).

Admiral Bravo: We have found alternatives in the offshore business. There are several areas of development of the industry: defence and security sector, transportation sector and port services, tourism sector, these are the most relevant. Admiral invited to continue with permanent technological innovation, related to the shipbuilding design.  He proposes to make alliances with Asian countries to acquire and build boats that reduce risks in shipbuilding and improve the level of productivity of the yard.

Mr Podetti expressed that is important to maintain long-term development of the sector in areas such as support for financing, incentives for local construction, import protection, support for technological development and a comprehensive view of the sector policies. All towards integration among countries of the region through the incorporation of new technologies and learning.

Pag.75 Vice Admiral Jorge Carreño shares the evolution of Colombiamar, which in 2005 began with a symposium of Naval Engineering.

Pag. 77.Forum:  Strategies for the development of the blue economy «. Participants: Mr Jose de Lara Rey, Vice-president for the Spanish Clúster, Captain Juan Camilo Forero- Executive Secretary Colombian Ocean Commission, Ms Angela Maria Orozco, Colombian Minister of Transport, Mr Ricardo Sanchez – Senior Economic Affairs Officer of CEPAL, and Mr Johan Sebastian  Eslava, Director of Technological Development at Colciencias.

Mr Lara shared that one of its flagship programs is the daily energy supply to 50,000 families, generated through streams that run through an area equivalent to 30,000 football fields. With an investment of 3,000 million euros. This system is more economical than wind power generation.

The CN Forero mentioned the importance of integrating the National Policy Ocean and Coastal Spaces into the new National Development Plan. He pointed to the commission is working towards solving the problems facing by the country, such as coastal erosion, rising sea level and the phenomenon of “El Niño” and collision of interests between the institutions and incomplete and contrary regulations. The National Policy Ocean and Coastal Spaces started in 2002 in order to joint  Colombian institutions for the development and better living conditions for communities living in coastal areas.

Transport Minister shared that the National Development Plan seeks to integrate and connect the river and sea transport with other means of mobilization. The purpose is to unite river ports, railways and roads.

Mr Sanchez from CEPAL, affirmed that it is very important to enforce technology. It says that investment in the infrastructure sector in the region is only 2.2% of GDP and in the shipbuilding industry is just 0.7%.

Mr Eslava from Colciencias remarked the importance of strengthening innovation as the key to all development. Strengthen the partnerships between public and private.

Pag. 80. A ship called “Gracias a Dios” (Thanks God) exported to Honduras by Cotecmar. Logistic support vessel intended for humanitarian missions in areas of difficult access. 11 months in construction, 2500 Mamonal industry professionals involved. Promoting research, use of technologies and the ability to ensure the safety of vessels in the midst of armed conflict, endowed Colombia on an experience that few countries have. Brazil was the first to rely on Colombian naval technology. In 2011 Brazil closed trading for $ 6.5 million to acquire four LPR-40.

Pag. 82.Technological advances: rigid sails patented by the Spanish company Bound4blue, Wings Cylindrical-Flettner Rotors next generation, Ship Kaires- Developed by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard 2018, Carpet bubble, navigation systems.

Pag. 84.  Riverine Tugboat “Divina Providencia”  (Divine Providence) inaugurated at the framework of Colombiamar 2019. This tugboat responds to the particular needs of navigation on the Magdalena River.

Pag. 85. Lloyd’s Register. Available to support projects like “Reactivation navigability in the Magdalena River”, “the productive chain of the shipbuilding industry” and the “recovery of the Merchant Marine”.

Pag. 86. PlanetSolar, the first solar-powered boat to navigate around the world. Raphael Domjan, Swiss Eco- explorer expressed that is possible to use the same energy to the fishing boats, diving and tourism. Mental barriers are the most difficult to overcome to implement the change. According to the European Commission, shipping is responsible for the issuance of 1 trillion tons of carbon dioxide per year and represents 2.5% of emissions of greenhouse gases.

Pag. 90. Article about the hijack. According to the IMO, in 2018, there were 223 hijack events in the world. Known sites of attacks: West Africa, South China Sea and the Gulf of Aden, Somalia Coast, Puná Island in the Gulf of Guayaquil Ecuador, coastal waters of Venezuela. «Hijack happens at sea but originates on land»

Pag. 92. Admiral ® Jesus Bejarano talked about his adventure as captain of the Gloria Sailboat.

Pag. 95.   MTU and Stewart Stevenson in the heart of the ships of the Navy provides Navy with CODAD, CODAG, CODOG, CODELOG propulsion systems. MTU provides power systems and automation on board aligned with the motor and  integrated logistics solutions

Pag. 96.  Cartagena Port. Connects Colombia with 750 ports worldwide. Generates 1,000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs. 40% of foreign trade container is made by the Society Port of Cartagena and Contecar, as well as  35% of imports nationwide.

Pag. 98.  Pintuco, a Colombian company. Painted the ARC Gloria, with environmentally friendly coatings, produced in the country, Carbon Neutral certified. Pintuco also supports a company called Intertug, which is the largest tug company in Latin America. Pintuco works with Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica and Honduras.

Pag. 101.  Agreement between the Peruvian company «Volcán Compañía Minera and the Chinese company Cosco Shipping Ports, for 225 million dollars,  to construct and operate the new port of Chancay near Lima-Peru. Cosco, after its merger with CSCL in 2016 and to acquire OOCL in 2018, the company became the third largest in the world. It currently has a fleet of 460 vessels and a capacity of 2.77 million TEU, equivalent to 12% of the total world.

Pag. 102. Deliverance Shipping Line. Is a Ship Company, that connects San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina. It expands to Panama and Costa Rica. It has 3 ships: Mónika, Erlanda and Angelica. It is in the process of acquiring a fourth vessel. In 2018 it transported 2,680 containers with 78,500 tons of cargo. Its headquarters is San Andrés and links to the Cartagena Port Society Transmarsyp, which is a private port.

Pag. 108. Eduardoño is a leading construction company in Colombia for smaller vessels. Eduardoño represents Yamaha outboard motors.

Pag. 109.  Thales. Jerome Copin Manager expressed that the intention to be the strategic partner in the PES project is to provide subsea and surface solutions, such as sonar and radar.

Pag. 112. Vice President of the Republic. Dra. Marta Lucia Ramirez. She is also head of the Colombian Ocean Commission. She expressed that the importance and needs in relation to the ocean and rivers are included in the Colombian National Development Plan, in a special chapter called «Ocean Region», which makes maritime and port issues essential part of the state agenda. She mentioned some guidelines that Government are focusing: 1. More Attractive flagging for ships. 2. Reviving the development of the fishing industry, working with Minister of Agriculture. 3. Train people, enable and create nautical piers and marinas. 4. Protect and promote scientific research both biological and physical and also in areas such as logistics transport, engineering and naval architecture and thus encourage the shipbuilding industry.

THE end: to achieve the sustainable use of our oceans and to carry out lawful exploitation activities, carried out by Colombian citizens or by duly authorized foreigners and to promote the protection of our maritime borders.

Explicit challenges that the Government is working:

  1. Support dock construction projects.
  2. Support nautical marinas construction projects.
  3. Update regulatory framework to increase the competitiveness of nautical tourism.
  4. Promote marine scientific expeditions plans.
  5. Encourage professionals in marine science.
  6. Support Colombian Antarctic project
  7. Improve education standard for Colombian marines.
  8. Increasing Colombian sailors presence in the world fleet.
  9. Adopt IMO regulations for seafarers.
  10. Strengthen institutions competences for the development of seafarers.
  11. Update fishing main regulations.
  12. Support the growth of national fishing fleets.
  13. Update the regulatory framework of the shipbuilding industry.
  14. Strengthen Program related to the shipbuilding industry.
  15. Strengthen institutions related to the shipyard sector.
  16. Improve the competitiveness of domestic shipyards.
  17. Review regulation about customs status.
  18. Restructure domestic production registration.
  19. Strengthen educational opportunities related to the shipyard sector.
  20. Encouraging development of the shipyard cluster.
  21. Creation of a fund funding for export promotion.


Regarding the PES the Minister said:

  1. It is the router challenge for the industry.
  2. It is a booster of technological development
  3. Production: USD. 5,000 million
  4. Chains: USD. 1,700 million
  5. Employment: 50,000 new jobs.
  6. Increased exports: 11%
  7. Local content: 45%

Pag. 114. Naval Group. Is a  French company.   The French state is the main shareholder. This company worked with Cotecmar in 2008.  In  2017 placed the office in Colombia. They are interested in the fleet replacement programs submarine. They have experience with Chile and Brazil – they mentioned submersible Scorpene. They have reconditioned U209 submarine with the software Combat Management System.

Their Intentions for the PES: To help the Colombian Navy in the program to replace the frigates,  this company offers Gowind Frigate. In the long-term, they know that  ARC must replace its submarine fleet, so this company offers the Scorpene submarine. This program involves cooperation between 30 and 50 years between countries and the industrial partner.

They are working on the generation of vessels, like Belharra, first digital frigate. They focus on the domain of information, the durability of the ships and technology transfer.

Pag. 115.  Naval School Almirante Padilla.  They are strengthening its programs at the graduate and postgraduate  in marine science, nautical, engineering, oceanography and maritime administration.

Pag. 116.  Polmarine Article, Admiral ® Ricardo Pulido Osuna and Mr. Guillermo Rubio talked about their experience as entrepreneurs and explain the importance for the Navy count on European suppliers such us MTG, RH MARINE, RENK and GLAMOX / LINKSRECHTS, German and Dutch companies that are represented in Colombia by Polmarine.

Link Polmarine Article «Week Magazine»

Link Polmarine Article in English

Pag. 120. Naval power.  Admiral Evelio Enrique Ramirez Gafaro, Commander of Colombian Navy, says that is the state that is suing strategically the existence of an industrial base with shipyard capacities for the development and maintenance of their vessels, to ensure the availability and coverage required for maritime traffic control, security and national defence.  Expresses its full support to Cotecmar and projects that the Corporation has.

Link article Colombian Navy Commander «Week Magazine»

Pag. 122. Galleon San Jose. It is located in the vicinity of the Rosario Islands.  The contract for the extraction of the vessel was suspended. There is not any decision yet about it.


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