Western Marine Shipyard has shipped a newly constructed aluminum body catamaran type passenger ship for Tanzania on the 2nd of November 2014. The ship named “MV Dar Es Salaam” was boarded on another heavy carrier mother vessel at Chittagong port for transporting it to Tanzania.
The ship has a capacity of carrying 300 passengers. It will be used by Tanzania Ministry of Transportation to carry passengers through the inland waterways. Western Marine received the work order for this new building project through a Danish company JGH Marine.
The ship is 38m long & it will be able to travel at a speed of 20knots. Catamaran ships are very safe for voyages & even more stable than other type of ships as they are specially designed with twin hull.
The shipyard management hopes that Africa is big market for Bangladeshi shipbuilders and there are lots of opportunities in Africa which are yet to be explored. Western Marine is also building one Offshore Patrol Vessel for Kenya which they expect to deliver 2016.