Pasaia (Basque Country)

President visit in the second aniversary of the Factory


During this week, when The Sea Factory of the Basques Albaola is celebrating its 2nd anniversary, we have received the visit of the Basque president Iñigo Urkullu, along with many institutional representatives such as, Markel Olano, General Deputy of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa; Eneko Goia, Donostia-SanSebastian's mayor; Izaskun Gómez, Pasaia's mayor; Ana Oregi, Councillor of Environment and Territorial Policy; Cristina Uriarte Councillor of Education, Linguistic Policies and Culture; Ricardo Peña, President of the Port Authority of Pasaia; Marisol Garmendia, MP of Mobility and Territorial Development at the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and Joxean Muñoz, Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports at the Basque Government among others. 

We are truly grateful for the support received from our public institutions. MANY THANKS from all the team at Albaola! 

Throughout these two years, The Sea Factory of the Basques has received more than 68,786 visitors from all over the globe due to the project's international nature, in addition to having also obtained acknowledgement and several sponsorships by companies and organizations. MANY THANKS to all of them too! 

In 2015, our first natural year, the construction on the Nao San Juan obtained UNESCO's official sponsorship. What does this imply? Apart from allowing the use of its logo in all actions arising from the project itself, it means receiving full support as it complies with UNESCO's aims and it contributes to the objectives in its programmes. Such sponsorship has resulted in an extraordinary boost to the development of the whaleship's building project. Moreover, this acknowledgement is a great reward to the work started two years ago with the enhancement of the Basque maritime history and especially, the history of the sixteenth century Basque whalers in Canada; a clear reflection of the many year's hard work during which scientific rigour and quality in execution have been the basis on which Albaola has founded the project of the San Juan. What is more, the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage adopted in 2001, uses as its logo the silhouette of Nao San Juan's shipwreck, which represents all the world's submerged cultural heritage. (Read more about UNESCO's Sponsorship) -document in Spanish-.  The  overall data for 2015 has been specially positive. The factory received through its doors  38,157 visitors and in such year, the Albaola generated an economic impact of 2,6 million euros on Pasaia's bay. Throughout the year we were immersed in a variety of projects: here a summary ALBAOLA'S MEMORY 2015 and the media impact generated  CLIPPING 2015.

2016 has been no different so far. During the first 6 months several national and international features have been made about us, among which, we would like to highlight the following:

 * “Pays Basque, la nouvelle vague”,  THALASSA programme on channel France 3. * “Mercaderes y balleneros”( Merchants and whalers) Crónicas programme on TVE2. * Vagabrothers, a feature on the world wide known bloggers' visit. * Explore San Sebastian Region, promotional video by the department of Tourism of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa. 

In addition, it is also worth mentioning the strategic visits received to the date this year. 

* The Cultural Comission of the European Parliment

* 140 representatives of the UNESCO Global Geopark network 

* ARTURO REY DA SILVA, Associate Programme Specialist at the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, UNESCO

ALAIN ROUSSET, Regional President of Aquitaine-Lemosín-Poitou-Charentes, the Southwest French region, and MICHEL VEUNAC,  mayor of Biarritz.

* MICHEL ROBITAILLE, Canada's Prime Minister's representative of the Francophonie and CBO at the Alliance Française of Quebec.

Finally we would like to point out that from January to July 2016 we held at least one event per month, all of which varied in nature. They can be found on our website or on Facebook / Twitter / Flickr / SPOT. Nevertheless, here are the ones we consider worth highlighting. 

ALBAOLA at SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL in Washington D. C: " There’s a Lot More to This Basque Boat Than Meets the Eye " Smithsonian magazine.

  • The initiative which will begin this August "LA RUTA CARRETERIL: 18 días de Burgos a Pasaia" (THE ROAD ROUTE: 18 days from Burgos to Pasaia), which is part of the programme "Itsasgileak"  of the European Capital of Culture DSS2016E.U, and which will set off on 31st August from Burgos. After 18 stages across Burgos, La Rioja, Alava, Navarra and Gipuzkoa, it will arrive at the Sea Factory of the Basques Albaola, located in Pasaia, on September 17th , carrying the pitch and tar needed for the construction of the replica.