The Ecuadorian state-run shipyard Astinave started building new multipurpose vessel Project Alpha-2021 on 11 November with a steel-cutting ceremony.
The shipbuilding contract was signed by the Ecuadorian Ministry Of Defence on 31 October for the ship, which is meant to be used by the Ecuadorian Navy for logistics operations and transportation of disaster-relief supplies.
The vessel will also transport supplies to the Galapagos Islands, the shipyard's representative explained. It will measure 80 m and transport a crew of 66, according to the Ecuadorian Ministry Of Defence. The ship, which is scheduled to be completed by 2021, will cost USD42 million.
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