Friday, August 21, 2009

First Home Grown Iranian Container Ship Launched

Initial Domestically Built Freight Vessel in Sea Trials
Shipping News Feature

IRAN – The MV Iran-Arak, the first container carrier to be built in the country was launched in the Persian Gulf this week.

The ship, which is undergoing its close water trials in Iranian waters, has been constructed by the Iran Shipbuilding and Offshore Industries Complex Co. (ISOICO) and cost an estimated $50 million.

The vessel carries 2200 TEU’s and weighs in at 7500 tonnes, is 185 metres overall and the manufacters claimed she is capable of 32 knots.

The launch ceremony took place at Hormzgan in Iran’s Southern Province and was attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"Our progress in the shipbuilding sector is highly commendable," said the Iranian president.