Algeria, China ink deal on car ferry’s construction

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The National Company of Maritime Passenger Transport (ENTMV) and a Chinese group specializing in the naval construction have signed Sunday in Algiers a deal on the construction of a new car ferry; with a capacity of carrying 1800 passengers and 600 vehicles.

This Chinese group consists of two (2) companies; namely Chantier Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) and China Shipbuilding Trading Company (CSTC).

The contract, worth $ 175 million, was initialed by Entmv’s CEO, Ahcene Grairia, and the Chairmen of GSI and CSTC respectively, Messrs. Han Guang De and Li Hongta, in the presence of the Minister of Public Works and Transport, Abdelghani Zaalane, as well as the representative of the Chinese Embassy in Algiers, He Hongyan.

The ship which will be realized in a period of 26 months has a length of 199 90 meters and a width of 29 95 meters with a speed of 24 knots (43,68 Km / h).

It features of two (2) restaurants, a tea room, children’s playgrounds, a space for prayer and a gym.

In addition to the first class cabins with bathrooms and televisions, the ship equipped of ten (10) suites; including two presidential types.

Samira SALAH

APS

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