Port of heritage
Care, research and dissemination
Today, there are several initiatives in Pasaia working on research, conservation and dissemination of the rich historical legacy related to maritime culture.
ALBAOLA, THE SEA FACTORY OF THE BASQUESWEB ALBAOLA
With the construction of historic vessels as its main activity, Albaola, The Sea Factory of the Basques, located in Pasai San Pedro, is an innovative space where artisan sea technology is recovered and enhanced. The Sea Factory is open to the public and distinguishes itself by its dynamism, the diversity of its activities and its international projection.
The construction of the Nao San Juan, originally built in Pasaia in 1563, is currently underway. The San Juan, the best preserved and researched whaler of that time, is the symbol of the UNESCO’s Underwater Cultural Heritage.
APRENDIZTEGI, THE LANCE LEE INTERNATIONAL BOAT BUILDING SCHOOLWEB LANCE LEE SCHOOL
The school recently inaugurated by Albaola is based on the model created by Lance Lee, forerunner of the teaching of traditional naval carpentry in the United States. This pedagogical model prioritises the process of learning through practice from the outset and has the motivation of the students as its main axis. Since its inception, one of the great objectives of Albaola has been the recovery of traditional naval carpentry and its technology and techniques. With the implementation of this new and innovative school design, Albaola wants to make a contribution to recover sea heritage and, in general, its socialisation.
ITSAS GELA-MATER MUSEUMWEB MATER MUSEUM
The non-profit association ITSAS GELA was created in Pasaia in 2001 by a group of Pasaia locals closely linked to the sea. It was born with the objective of publicising the wide range of possibilities offered by sea culture from a perspective of conservation and respect towards the environment and its people. To this end, they focus their work on developing measures that promote the activation of the fishing and cultural heritage by managing different activities and the MATER tuna fishing boat, the last classic tuna fishing boat on the Cantabrian Sea and a museum ship.
Built in the Euskalduna shipyard in Bilbao in 1933, and declared of Cultural Interest, it is the only example built in the Basque Country using rivets which is left in Gipuzkoa. It was used for the dredging of the port of Pasaia until 1984. It can be found next to Albaola, The Sea Factory of the Basques
BLAS DE LEZO NAUTICAL FISHING SECONDARY SCHOOL IN PASAIAWEB BLAS DE LEZO
School located in the district of Trintxerpe that offers educational training based on the teaching of training courses in sailing, fishing, maintenance of machinery and maritime transport. It is in a building of about 5,000 m2, with classrooms specialized in maritime, fishing and health training.
It also has with simulators and real equipment for navigation, fishing and fire fighting; workshops for the adjustment, maintenance and repair of marine engines and machines and marine electrical systems, as well as automation and refrigeration equipment. It is also equipped with equipment such as audiovisual and computer rooms, a school ship and rescue boats. This specialised personal school offers all types of courses to obtain maritime professional qualifications, certificates and degrees, all of them internationally approved.
AZTI-TECNALIA - PASAIA TECHNOLOGY CENTREWEB AZTI
The AZTI Foundation is a technological centre specialising in marine and food research and innovation that belongs to the TECNALIA corporation, whose mission is to shape the ideas that, transformed into products and services, activate the industrial make-up while recovering and preserving natural resources. The centre conducts strategic applied research to generate comprehensive and innovative solutions in marine research: operation of marine ecosystems; sustainable fisheries management; environmental management of seas and coasts; efficient use of resources: aquaculture and marine technologies; and, on the other hand, food research: new food; efficient and sustainable processes; quality; food safety and identity; consumer and market.