|The Peru-built Tambor III is a high quality ferry to be used for tourism. (Photo: Andina)|
Peru has placed itself at the forefront of the ship-building industry by constructing the first ferry for export, which was launched today. The ship Tambor III cost about $8 million and was built by Astillero y Varadero Augusto Maggiolo S.A.C. It was commissioned by Costa Rican company Naviera Punta Piedra Amarilla, subsidiary of the Spanish hotel chain Barceló Hotels.
Construction began in March 2010 by Peruvian professionals. The ship, which will be used in the tourism sector, has a capacity for 850 passengers and 160 vehicles on its two decks.
“It’s a product for export, and there are Peruvian companies achieving important recognition in other countries with the construction of this type of boat, demonstrating the capacity and the quality of Peruvian work,” said Nicola Rubini, general manager of Varadero Augusto Maggiolo, at the ship’s launch.
The ship measures 82.4 meters in length, 17.56 meters in width and 3.7 meters of main deck height. It is ready to trace a route from Punta Arenas to the port of Paquera in the Nicoya gulf on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.