ALGIERS- A new vessel, with a capacity of 1,800 passengers and 600 vehicles, will be received next July by the Algerian Maritime Transport Group (GATMA), making it possible to reduce or even eliminate the use of chartering foreign vessels, Group CEO Smain Larbi Ghomri told APS on Saturday.
Named “Bordj Badji Mokhtar”, this passenger transport vessel will be acquired on behalf of the National Passenger Maritime Transport Company (ENTMV), a subsidiary of the group, he specified.
Acquired through an investment of 175 million dollars, the ship will be put into operation by the end of next July, after completing the procedures for transferring its ownership and operation in accordance with the provisions of Algerian law; i.e as of the end of the formalities of its Algerianization, detailed the person in charge.
Stressing that the ENTMV fleet currently consists of three ships (Tassili II, Djazaïr II and the Tarik Ibn Ziyad), Mr. Ghomri explained that his company “ begins the phase of renewal and rejuvenation of this fleet of vessels to face tough competition in this area, supported by companies from the Mediterranean basin ”.
Last Wednesday, the new ship “Djanet”, owned by the Algerian National Maritime Company (CNAN MED) and bearing the national flag, became operational, after completing the procedures for transferring its ownership and operation in accordance with the provisions of Algerian law, according to a press release issued by the National Algerian Maritime Company (CNAN).
“Djanet will embark on its first voyage in a regular line activity towards the most important ports on the southern bank of the Mediterranean, as well as Algerian commercial ports,” explained the same source.
It is noteworthy that the ship “Djanet” is a new-manufactured cargo carrier classified as a “green” ship, with a capacity of 1534 containers acquired within the framework of the plan to develop maritime transport in Algeria and strengthen the national fleet.
In addition, the ship Cirta had been received on May 31. These are two container ships acquired on behalf of CNAN MED, a subsidiary of the group.