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.
“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.