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Bangladesh yard delivers landmark ice-class ships

Bangladesh yard delivers landmark ice-class ships

Dhaka: Marking a milestone in Bangladesh's shipbuilding evolution, Western Marine Shipyard Ltd has rolled out two ice-class vessels.
"These are specially designed vessels," said Md Saiful Islam, chairman of Western Marine.
EMSSEA -- a 100-metre, 5,200 dwt multi-purpose dry-cargo ship, was the first to leave the docks on Monday. The second -- EMSRIVER -- a sister vessel of EMSSEA, floated yesterday from the shipyard in Chittagong. The EMSSEA is the largest vessel built by a local shipbuilder until now.
The two are part of the 12 vessels worth $130 million in total, ordered by Grona Shipping, a German company. The vessels will be delivered by 2012 in phases.
Built in compliance with Germanischer Lloyds standard and designed to endure extreme weather conditions, the ice-class vessels will be deployed in the Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic Sea, said the shipbuilder.
"Bangladesh had established its name as a successful shipbuilding nation by delivering such massive vessels," said Sakhawat Hossain, managing director of Western Marine, during the launch. [29/07/10]

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