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COTECMAR begins Colombian Navy’s fifth landing craft, soon to deliver Honduras’ first

26 September 2017

Colombia’s state-run Science and Technology Corporation for the Development of Naval, Maritime, and Riverine Industries (COTECMAR) in mid-September began cutting steel on a fifth landing craft unit for the Colombian Navy, and a first export of the type is due for delivery to Honduras on 1 November.COTECMAR's first BAL-C amphibious vessel for Honduras. (IHS Markit/Daniel Wasserbly)COTECMAR's first BAL-C amphibious vessel for Honduras. (IHS Markit/Daniel Wasserbly)

The vessel for the Colombian Navy, which will be its fifth of a planned eight, is slated to be delivered by 31 July 2018, Captain Carlos Andres Delgado Agudelo, COTECMAR’s lead programme manager, told Jane’s .

COTECMAR has nearly finished another such vessel, valued at USD13.5 million, for Honduras – which for export it has called the Short Range Logistic Support Ship (Buque de Apoyo Logístico y Cabotaje: BAL-C). A contract was signed in November 2016 between COTECMAR and Honduras for the BAL-C.

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