Shipbuilder launches Vietnam’s largest vessel

The 56,000 ton vessel ER. Bergamo is launched on March 31.
The Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard launched March 31 the biggest vessel built so far in Vietnam, the 56,000-ton ER. Bergamo.

The US$47 million vessel is one of 10 vessels the shipyard has signed contracts to build for German company E.R Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie KG.

The German firm will take delivery in July, three months earlier than contracted.

The shipyard, a joint venture between Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd., and Vinashin of Vietnam, hopes to build four of the 56,000-ton vessels this year.
It recently made the move from repairing to shipbuilding and this is its first vessel.

The company was a ship repairer for 10 years before investing more than $100 million to complete the makeover in 2008.

It plans to build eleven ships of 50,000 tons and above every year from 2010.

By Van Ngoc – Translated by Thuy Doan

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