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First-ever cruise ship launched on Cox's Bazar-St Martin route

The luxury cruiser has 50 VIP cabins 

Update : 20 Dec 2020, 03:10 PM

Bangladesh’s first-ever luxury cruise ship “MV Bay One” is all set to start its maiden journey on the Cox's Bazar-Saint Martin route from Monday.

State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, and Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hassan Chowdhury jointly inaugurated the cruiser at Patenga’s Water Bus Terminal in Chittagong city on Sunday afternoon.

Soon after the inaugural ceremony, the ship sailed for Cox's Bazar, confirmed Karnaphuli police station OC Dulal Mahmud.

Karnafuly Ship Builders imported the ship from Japan in September.

According to sources, the previous name of the MV Bay One was Salvia Maru, which was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan's Kobe city. 

Equipped with all state of the art amenities, the cruise ship is 118m long and 17m wide. It is capable of running at a speed of around 20 nautical miles per hour with a gross tonnage of approximately 6,200 tons. 

A jetty has already been constructed at Dariya Nagar area of Cox's Bazar Marine Drive for the smooth operation of the ship which has 50 VVIP cabins. 

Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, Abdur Rashid, managing director of Karnafuly Ship Builders Ltd, said through the launching of the cruise ship a new dimension to the sea tourism industry of the country has been added.

"It will also boost the sector," he hoped. 

The cruiser will take two and a half hours to reach Saint Martin's Island from Cox's Bazar. If the government approves, we will procure more such ships through which the Hajj pilgrims will be able to reach Saudi Arabia within a week, he added.

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