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Western Marine to construct Ro-Ro ferry

Update : 30 Jul 2013, 04:02 AM

Western Marine Shipbuilders will construct second Ro-Ro ferry for Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) to be plied in Padma from Chandpur to Shariatpur.

The construction of the ferry will cost around Tk250m and One Bank Limited will finance the project with Western Marine Shipyard, said a release.

The shipyard is scheduled to deliver the ferry within next 18 months. The 60-meter long ferry will have a carrying capacity of 340 passengers and 27 trucks. It will be built under class Germanischer Lloyd (GL) and will be able to sail at a speed of 10 knots with 1.52m loaded draft, powered by two 750BHP main engines.

On July 28, the Western Marine has inaugurated the construction work of one Ro-Ro ferry through a keel laying ceremony in the shipyard premises at Patiya in Chittagong.

This is the second time Western Marine will be building a similar ferry for BIWTC.

In July 2011, the Western Marine delivered the first Ro-Ro ferry to BIWTC. It was the first ever homemade Ro-Ro ferry for domestic use, which is plying from Charjanajat to Mawa. Previously, Bangladesh had to import ferries.

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