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Cuba to deliver second cargo ship to Venezuela
Published on December 14, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba will deliver a second multipurpose cargo boat built at shipyards in Eastern Santiago de Cuba province to Venezuela, as part of the regional integration Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA).

The ship, named Los Testigos, meets all international security standards for navigation and the preservation of life, according to Granma daily newspaper.

The new vessel, which will be assigned to the Venezuelan Navy, has capacity for a 16-member crew, which will operate a fast bow off-load and on-load ramp for roll-in and roll-out cargo, while the boat can take general cargo and 42 containers.

The boat is equipped with modern satellite-based navigation and communication systems, the paper said.

Cuban engineer Yordani Sali, master project coordinator, said the finishing of the Los Testigos boat demanded a big effort after the DAMEX shipyards remained inactive due to the passage of hurricane Sandy over eastern Cuba.

Meanwhile, Captain William Rodriguez, who heads the Bolivarian Army’s inspection commission, expressed his satisfaction at the implementation of the project, which further strengthens relations between the people of Cuba and Venezuela.

Rodriguez told Granma that they all were encouraged to see the high quality of the welding and mounting work by the Cuban specialists, which made it possible for the ship to withstand the strong winds and high waves without undergoing significant damage, as happened to other boats docked at the same pier.

Rodriguez said that they are now waiting for a third boat with similar characteristics to be delivered in 2013 and the finishing of the first out of two navy patrol ships, which will be built in Cuba.
 
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Comments:

Peter:

"Delivered as part of the regional integration Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA)."

"The new vessel, which will be assigned to the Venezuelan Navy, has capacity for a 16-member crew."

"Captain William Rodriguez, who heads the Bolivarian Army’s inspection commission, expressed his satisfaction at the implementation of the project"

DOES THIS MEAN ALBA HAS A NAVY? IF THIS IS AN ALBA PROJECT, ALBA MUST NOW HAVE ITS OWN MILITARY.


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