zoom US marine designer Incat Crowther was selected to design a new class of 33 meter catamaran passenger ferry for Majestic Ferries in Singapore, to operate between Singapore and Batam.With four of the vessels already under construction at PT Cahaya Samudra Shipyard in Indonesia, the design is expected to deliver increased capacity and speed, and offer fuel savings in return on the operator’s investment in the new fleet.The vessels will be powered by a pair of MAN D2862 LE463 main engines driving fixed pitch propellers. With 1029kW per hull, the vessels will cruise at 28 knots and will be built to the HSC 2000 code under Bureau Veritas survey.All of the vessel’s 200 passengers will enter through midship boarding doors and sit in forward-facing seats. In addition, there are four seats for crew members. At the aft end of the cabin are a 6-person crew room and kiosk, as well as three heads.The upper deck, free of passengers, features just the wheelhouse.
The Sri Lankan envoy requested the Nigerian Minister to undertake an early visit to Sri Lanka to meet his Sri Lankan counterpart paving the way for closer cooperation in economic, political and cultural spheres further between the two countries and also to witness all the positive developments in Sri Lanka.The Minister accepted the invitation in principle. The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Nigeria Thambirajah Raveenthiran paid a courtesy call onhe Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria Geoffery Onyeama. During the brief courtesy call the Minster and the High Commissioner exchanged views on the matters of common interests to both Countries.The High Commissioner briefed the Minister on all the positive developments that have taken place in Sri Lanka since the new Government came to power in Sri Lanka in 2015 under the leadership of His Excellency MaithripalaSirisena. The High Commissioner conveyed the best wishes of Mangala Samaraweera the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nigeria. The Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs the Geoffery Onyeama requested the High Commissioner to convey his kind regards as well to Sri Lankan counterpart. In the course of the discourse the Minister recollected with great admiration and appreciation the late Lakshman Kadikamar the former Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka and the days he spent with him at Geneva. Being a Sri Lankan cricket fan, he also inquired about the well-being of some cricketers particularly Sanath Jayasuria.The Minister expressed great satisfaction on the excellent bilateral relations that exist between the two countries and the need to elevate the relations to a higher level covering many new areas of cooperation in the years to come. (Colombo Gazette)