The first ferry built by a Bangladesh shipyard for European owners has entered service with Hundested-Rørvig Færgefart AS across the Isefjord in Denmark.
Named after the fjord, the 49.8m long Isefjord can carry 28 cars and 147 passengers. Her two main engines, of 500hp each, give a speed of 11 knots.
The ferry was built by Western Marine Shipyard Ltd in Chittagong. After delivery, she was loaded on to the multipurpose heavy lift vessel Baltic Winter, chartered by the Rickmers Line, of Hamburg, using her two 400 tonne cranes in early March. The voyage to Denmark took six weeks.
The Baltic Winter, which is being renamed Rickmers Dubai, is a sister ship of the chartered Rickmers Chennai. These two ships have the greatest lifting capability in the Rickmers fleet with the two 400 tonnes cranes being able to be twinned to lift 800 tonnes and there is a 120 tonnes crane further forward.