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HEAVY LIFT: Ferries from Bangladesh

Rickmers-Linie completed the delivery of the small ferry Isefjord to Denmark’s Hundested-Rørvig Færgefart AS in late April after loading the vessel aboard its chartered heavylift vessel Baltic Winter at Chittagong, Bangladesh in early March. Built by the Western Marine Shipyard in Chittagong as the very first ferry completed by a Bangladesh builder for European owners, the 49.8m by 11.2m vessel is now operating across Isefjord, after which she is named. She is powered by twin 500hp engines giving a service speed of about 11 knots and can carry 28 cars and 147 passengers. While motor yachts, sailing craft or catamarans are a common sight on Rickmers-Linie vessels, the ferry being taken from Bangladesh to Denmark was more unusual. After delivery to her owners in February, she was taken on board the heavy lift vessel Baltic Winter, which used her two 400-tonne cranes, in early March. The transit to Denmark took six weeks and the ferry was delivered on 14 April at Hundested Roads, directly into the Kattegat.





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