Port Authority of Timor-Leste (APORTIL) has received the new RoPax 6716 ferry, Berlin-Ramelau, from Damen Shipyards.

This ferry has been constructed at Damen’s Yichang Shipyard, located in China.

After its arrival at Timor-Leste’s capital city Dili, Berlin-Ramelau commenced an extensive training programme for the new crew members.

This 67m-long vessel will connect Dili with the neighbouring island of Ataúro as well as the enclave of Oecusse-Ambeno.

It has a capacity to accommodate up to 308 passengers, as well as private and commercial vehicles, and cargo.

Damen regional director Gysbert Boersma said: “Despite all sorts of challenges arising over the course of the project due to the worldwide pandemic, I am delighted that we managed to deliver the vessel on time. This was only possible due to the joint efforts of Aportil, IMS Nord, the KFW bank and Damen Shipyards.

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“The timing and construction site resulted in this project finding itself at the centre of a global crisis but, despite all the difficulties, our team was able to complete the project two years later, and with less than three percent deviation from the budget.”

Timor-Leste Transport Minister H.E. José Agostinho da Silva said: “Maritime connectivity reinforces national unity and is the main source of supply for the populations of Oecusse-Ambeno and Ataúro. The Maritime Transport Policy provides for the extension of maritime links to the east and south coast, and this is the original objective of the Berlin-Ramelau.”

In October this year, Damen handed over the first of its new class of liquified gas carrier 6000 liquefied natural gas bunkering vessels, named Optimus, to Elenger.