by Hans | March 25th, 2013
At the 3:30 a.m of March 16, 2013 (Brasil local time 16:30 March 15th, 2013), the State of Rio De Janeiro and Afai Southern Shipyard (Panyu Guangzhou) Ltd. signed a purchasing contract of importing a batch of full aluminum passenger ferries from China.
The contract signing ceremony held in the State of Rio De Janeiro meeting room. Governor of the State of Rio De Janeiro Mr. SéRGIO CABRAL attended and hosted the ceremony. Mr. JULIO LUIZ BAPTISTA LOPES (director of State Secretary for Transport) and Mr. Ding Nong (Vice General Manager of China Shipping Group and Chairman of Afai Southern) respectively representing both sides, signed the contract. Governor of the State of Rio De Janeiro Mr. SéRGIO CABRAL signed on the contract for authentication.
The following Officials and Directors attended the ceremony: Mr. ZHU QINGQIAO, Charge d”affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Brasil and Minister Counsellor; Ms. CHEN XIAOLING, Consul General of China in Rio de Janeiro; and other officials of Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Brasil; Mr. LUIZ FERNANDO DE SOUZA PEZAO, Vice Governor of the State of Rio De Janeiro; Mr. RODRIGO NEVES, Mayor of Niterói; and other Brasil Officials Mr, Ye Xiaojian, General Manager of China Shipping Industry Co. Ltd and Director of Afai Southern. Representing both sides’ government, Mr. SéRGIO CABRAL and Mr. Zhu Qingqiao delivered a speech to show warmly congratulations on the successful signing of the project, also expressed good wishes to the development of bilateral political and economic relationship between China and Brasil.
Mr. Ding Nong, representing Afai Southern and Afai’s shareholders China Shipping Group addressed a speech. In his speech Mr. Ding Nong expressed sincere gratitude to the State of Rio De Janeiro and the State Secretary for Transport for trusting Afai Southern. And he emphasized Chinese State-owned enterprises’ responsible attitude to customers and society, showing good national image to Brasil government and people. Mr. Ding Nong said Afai would fully cooperate with the State of Rio De Janeiro to high-quality complete this project, so as to promote the development of bilateral political and economic relations of Brasil and China.
In order to solve increasing passenger flow of the public water routes transport and vessels ageing, and to meet the demands of visitors all over the world to Rio De Janeiro during the World Cup in 2014 and Olympic Games in 2016 hosting by Rio De Janeiro, the State of Rio De Janeiro organised an international public bidding. By closely cooperating with its agent– DPX Management Company Limited and the excellent design of its joint venture — CoCo Yachts Holland B.V., as well as the first-class constructing quality and reasonable price, after fierce competition between the same field competitors from 22 countries, Afai Southern won the government purchasing contract, which is really rare in these few years of full aluminum vessel projects in the world. This project establishes Afai Southern’s strongly arising status in international aluminum shipbuilding field.
The contract amount of this project is about USD110 million, including design and constructing six vessels with diesel fuel and one vessel with dual fuel of diesel and LNG. These vessels adopt full aluminum welded catamaran type, with length of 78.4m and beam of 14.8m, and the azimuth thruster for propulsion system. The designing speed is not less than 18 knots. After these vessels put into use, it will greatly improve the safety and comfortableness of this route for public transportation.