The Guatemalan government inaugurated on 3 January the country's first shipyard (Astillero Naval de la Marina de la Defensa Nacional), in the navy's Caribbean base in Santo Tomas de Castilla, a port city in the Izabal department. The facilities will be used to provide maintenance for the Guatemalan Navy and construct new vessels.
The yard features a 56 m-long dock, the Guatemalan Ministry of Defence confirmed. Pictures analysed by Jane's also show a mobile boat hoist with the Marine Travelift logo; the hoist, according to Guatemala, can lift up to 425 tonnes.
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