Bangladeshi shipbuilding company Western Marine Shipyard has transported a new-build aluminum body catamaran-type passenger ship to Tanzania.
The newly constructed MV Dar Es Salaam was boarded on another heavy carrier mother vessel for shipping.
With a capacity to carry 300 passengers, the ship will be operated in the inland waterways of Tanzania by the country’s Ministry of Transportation.
The shipbuilder received a contract for the construction of this vessel from Danish company JGH Marine.
The 38m-long vessel will be capable of servicing at a speed of 20k.
With its twin hull, the catamaran-type ship is very safe for voyages and is said to be more stable than other types of vessels, Western Marine stated.
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The shipyard started construction of this vessel in September 2013 and the cost of the project was BDT250m ($3.1m).
During a visit by Tanzania delegates to Western Marine Shipyard, chairman Saiful Islam stated that Africa is a big market for the Bangladesh shipbuilding industry.
Previously, the company constructed a similar type of catamaran ship for Chittagong Boat Club and is currently building one offshore patrol vessel for Kenya, which is expected to be delivered in 2016.
Image: MV Dar Es Salaam was boarded on another heavy carrier mother vessel for shipping. Photo: courtesy of Western Marine Shipyard.