Chinese firms to build large ferry for Algeria

2018-03-13 01:07:14 GMT2018-03-13 09:07:14(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

ALGIERS, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Algeria and China signed acontract worth 175 million U.S. dollars for the construction of alarge ferry, an official at a Chinese company told Xinhua reporteron Monday.

Director of Algiers office of China Shipbuilding Trading Company(CSTC), Luo Zengqiang, said the "agreement is important for Algeriaas it is due to increase Algerian maritime traveling capacity."

He noted that "the vessel will serve the lines between Algeria,Spain, Italy and France," pointing out that the ferry will be oneof the latest models of this type in Algeria.

The contract was inked Sunday between Algerian MaritimeTransport Company and a Chinese consortium of Guangzhou ShipyardInternational and CSTC, for the construction of a new ferry with acapacity of 1,800 passengers and 600 vehicles.

Abdelghani Zaalane, Public Works and Transport Minister, toldreporters that this contract is the result of three years ofnegotiations, adding that it is part of the North African nation'sprogram to renew its maritime fleet.

He Hongyan, the representative of the Chinese Embassy inAlgiers, said that this contract testifies a "mutually beneficialcooperation between Algeria and China."

The 200-meter long ship with a speed of 43.68 km per hour willbe delivered within 26 months.

It will be equipped with restaurants, cafe, children'splayground, space for prayer, gym, first class cabins, and 10suites including two presidential rooms.

The Chinese side will also provide a 6-month training programfor Algerian staff as mentioned in the contract terms. Enditem