The 188.5-million-dollar ship is one of six container vessels built in accordance with an agreement signed between the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), owner, and Iran Shipbuilding and Offshore Industries Complex Co. (ISOICO), builder, the deputy head of IRISL for technical affairs said in the ceremony.
The container carrier is 17 meters in length and has a cargo capacity of 29,870 tons, Mohammad Moqaddami Fard said.
It is capable of cruising at 22 nautical knots at full speed.
The vessel is capable of carrying up to 2,188 containers in a single cruise.
Speaking of the government's policy of supporting the domestic shipping industry and plans to renovate and develop the country's maritime fleet, Moqaddami Fard said the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines has concluded technical negotiations with some domestic maritime industry companies to manufacture six 75,000-ton as well as 53,000-ton bulk carriers.
The negotiations, if finalized, would raise the value of shipbuilding contracts with domestic manufactures to over 600 million dollars.
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