Western Marine to build passenger ship for Tanzania

Director of JGH Marine Mr. Niels Holstein & Managing Director of Western Marine Mr. Sakhawat Hossain signing the newbuilding agreement in presence of other officials.

Director of JGH Marine Mr. Niels Holstein & Managing Director of Western Marine Mr. Sakhawat Hossain signing the newbuilding agreement in presence of other officials.

Western Marine Shipyard has signed a new agreement for building one catamaran type passenger ship for Tanzania. The deal was signed by the Managing Director of Western Marine Shipyard Mr. Sakhawat Hossain and the Director of JGH Marine, Mr. Niels Holstein. JGH Marine is Danish Company which has received the notification award for supplying the passenger ship to Tanzania. The ships will be having a capacity of carrying 300 passengers. It will be used by Tanzania Ministry of Transportation to transport passengers in the inland & coastal route of Tanzania.

The ship will be 38m in length & it will be able to travel at a speed of 20knots. Catamaran ships are very safe for sea voyages & even more stable than other type of ships as they are specially designed with twin hull. Western Marine has built similar type of catamaran ship in the past which operates for Chittagong Boat Club. The ship will be built at a cost of BDT 25 crore & the shipyard expects to deliver it to her owner by mid of 2014.

Western Marine Managing Director Mr. Sakhawat Hossain said that this project will be a break for them in the market of Africa. He said like Tanzania many other countries in Africa are developing their infrastructure system & thus these countries are in need of various types of ships. The Chairman of the shipyard Mr. Saiful Islam said that this is a great news for the nation as this export order will add great value to our economy though foreign currency earning.

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