4 new country-made sea trucks on coastal routes

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4 new country-made sea trucks on coastal routes

BARISAL, Jan 8 (BSS): Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC)has placed four new sea trucks built locally on coastal routes in this month.

Of the four sea trucks ST Shaheed Abdur Rab Serniabad will ply on Hatiya-Charbata, ST Bhasha Shaheed Sala on Char Alexander- Mirzakalu, ST Bhasha Shaheed Jabbar on Teknaf-Saint Martin Routes. The fourth one ST Shaheed Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni would be kept standby at Chittagong port. With these four new vessels total number of sea trucks in the BIWTC fleet reached 13.

BIWTC sources said the organisation in 2006 planned to include four new sea trucks in its fleet for plying on the risky coastal routes. It chose a Bangladeshi shipyard for building the sea trucks. The vessels were handed over to the BIWTC authority in December last year. The cost involved in building the sea trucks is Tk. 15 million, sources said.

The BIWTC now in it fleet has eight locally built sea trucks, four china made trucks and one old trucks.

Assistant general manager of BIWTC Barisal station, Gopal Chandra Majumdar, said four sea trucks have been built at a Chittagong dockyard at total cost of Tk.15million.

Every newly built sea truck is 101 feet long and 20 feet wide and has the capacity to carry 200 passengers and ten tonnes of goods. The vessels can run at the speed of 10 nautical miles.

The newly built sea trucks could run smoothly for 20 years under proper maintenance. The builder has ensured one-year warranty for each vessel, BIWTC sources said.

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