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Western Marine to build 6 inland container ships

cWestern Marine, the pioneer in the country’s shipbuilding sector, has received orders for building new six inland container ships.

The drawings and designs of the container vessels have been approved by Germanisher Lloyd and Department of Shipping in compliance with the rules of the Department, said a press release.

The management of Western Marine recently infirmed that they signed contracts for building six container ships and two of them are under constructions which are expected to come to operation from September 2014.

The company is hopeful that they will be able to secure more orders for these types of ships as they are in negotiation for building six more ships.

The container ships built by Western Marine are 82 meter long and are capable of carrying 176TEUs of containers at a draft of 3.5m which will have a maximum speed of 10 knots.

Ships which will soon ply in the route of Chittagong Port to Pangaon have limitation of draft and length, this limitation relates to the ship’s carrying capacity and speed.

However, Western Marine-designed container ships are perfectly fit for the said route considering all the possible obstructions, the company sources said.

Currently, these vessels are either under process of new building or under process of secondhand ship acquisition from abroad. Since the local shipbuilding industry is at a boom since past years and exported ships successfully to Europe in the recent past, the shipbuilders have already secured orders of more than 10 vessels, the sources added.

It may be mentioned that Pangaon Inland Container Terminal (ICT) was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on last 7th November.

For the first time, ICT has been introduced in the country with three inland container vessels which have started their commercial operation by carrying containers from Chittagong Port to Pangaon.

The three inland container vessels “Pangaon Express???, “Pangaon Success??? and “Pangaon Progress??? have been bought by Chittagong Port Authority to initiate the operation of Pangaon ICT as early as possible.

The government has issued 40 licenses to private entrepreneurs and public corporations to operate container vessels in this route.

Operations of these container vessels are a major step taken by the government of Bangladesh to control the growing traffic density in the Dhaka-Chittagong highway.

Previously inbound containers in Chittagong Port used to be transported to other parts of the country either by road or railway.

http://www.daily-sun.com/details_Western-Marine-to-build–6-inland-container-ships_679_1_3_1_11.html

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