Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Western Marine Shipyard Limited has started building two passenger carriers for Karachi Port Trust (KPT) of Pakistan, a company announcement said.

The local shipbuilder company that got a $2.35 million contract from KPT recently for building two ferries held a keel-laying ceremony for the vessels last week.

The vessels — each 30 metre long with capacity to carry 200 passengers — will be built under the supervision of French classification society Bureau Veritas and are expected to be delivered in November 2011.

The KPT floated an international tender in February 2009 for construction of the two passenger carriers and Western Marine won the contract beating shipyards of shipbuilding nations including South Korea, UAE, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, the company said.

BBN/SSR/SI-13Oct10-10:04 am (BST)