Algeria Confirms Ferry Order
Algerian state-owned shipowner ENTMV (Enterprise Nationale de Transports Maritimes de Voyageurs) has placed an order with IZAR to build two RoRo passenger ferries.
Instead of initial plans for splitting the order between IZAR and its former subsidiary H.J. Barreras, both 145-ft. (44.1-m), 2,900 dwt vessels will be built by IZAR at its Seville yard. The first vessel is scheduled for delivery on January 2004 and the second, four months later. ENTMV will operate the ships between Algiers and Marseilles, with a call on the way at Alicante. Each vessel, which has a design draft of 20 ft. (6 m) will accommodate up to 1,300 passengers and up to 130 crew, with a 1,350 lineal meter lane equivalent to 300 cars or 42 lorries. There will be 132 first class cabins plus 77 tourist class cabins, plus 85 crew cabins; passenger public spaces will total 4,900 sq. m. These fully automatic vessels will each have a control system simultaneously monitoring 1,200 stations and will be supplied with a 24-hour unattended engine room.
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