Timor-Leste Government orders passenger ship from Portugal

2 December 2014

Portuguese company AtlanticEagle Shipbuilding is due this month to start building a ship to carry 377 passengers and cargo, commissioned by the government of Timor-Leste (East Timor), company director Carlos Costa said in Luanda, Angola.

The company, the concession-holder of the former Mondego Naval Shipyards, in Figueira da Foz, north of Lisbon, six months ago added ship repairs to the commercial component of shipbuilding, and this will be the first ship to be built in its shipyards.

Without saying how much the work would cost the government of Timor-Leste, Carlos Costa told Portuguese news agency Lusa that the ship – 72 metres long – will have the capacity to carry 377 passengers and 22 vehicles, as well as cargo.

The ship will connect the Timorese capital, Dili, to the island of Atauro and the Oecussi enclave, said the head of AtlanticEagle, adding that the supply contract had already been signed with the Timorese government.

The director also said the company was in “advanced” talks to provide ships to Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea Conakry, amongst other countries. (macauhub/PT/FT)