Chittagong, 28 January 2013: Western Marine signed agreement with KR Shipping Ltd. for newbuilding of two highly luxurious cruise ship. The agreement was signed by Western Marine Managing Director Sakhawat Hossain & Managing Director of KR Shipping ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader on behalf of their respective organization on 23 January 2013.
This is for the first time cruise ship with all facilities of a 5 star hotel facilities will be introduced in the route of Dhaka to Barisal & Barisal to Potuakhali. They will travel at a maximum speed of 16 knots which will only take 7 seven hours to reach Potuakhali from Dhaka via Barisal. These ships will be 5 storied connected with elevators & escalators. It will have a total of 151 cabins including Presidential Suit, Semi-Presidential Suit, Star Executive Cabin & Executive Cabin. It will also have 1500 geared seats which could be unfolded to sleeping berths. Moreover among other facilities there will be swimming pool, helipad for emergency helicopter landing, hospital, business centre, ATM booths, 3 luxury restaurants, kids’ playing zone, prayer room & many more.
These ships will be having the carrying capacity of 1800 passengers. They will be 110M long & 18M broad, and only due to their unique design made by METACENTRE they will require a loaded draft of only 2M. 70 crew members will be required to operate the ship. These ships will be built under class & Western Marine Shipyard will initiate its construction soonest. Western Marine signed this newbuilding agreement with the buyer at a cost of more than BDT100cr each. This is the first time a local shipyard will be building such luxurious cruise ship. Western Marine has proven its proficiency in the past by delivering numerous ice class merchant ships to European buyers. Next month they tend to deliver a 50M car ferry & one 4100 DWT MPC ship to European buyer.