Thursday, September 20, 2007

Vietnam launches the 22,500 ton VTC Dragon

22,500-tonne vessel christened

Bach Dang Shipyard Corporation, an affiliate of the Viet Nam Shipbuilding Industry Group (Vinashin), on September 18 christened the 22,500-tonne VTC Dragon and later handed it over to the Viet Nam Sea Transport and Chartering Company.

The ship, 153.2m long and 26m wide, is equipped with a 6,253 KW engine imported from Japan and was built under the supervision of Japan's NK company.

VTC Dragon is the third of its kind built to date under a contract of eight such vessels for subsidiaries of the Viet Nam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines).

So far, the ships are the largest to be built by the Bach Dang Shipyard. The shipyard is also carrying out a contract to build ships of 4,900 tonnes for an Italian owner and a 17,500-tonne ship for a Republic of Korea owned company.