HATTOGRAM: Luxury cruise ship ‘MV Bay One’ will start operating on the Chattogram-Saint Martin’s Island route from 14 January, Thursday.
The modern ship will carry around 2,000 passengers at different decks and cabins thrice a week.Karnaphuli Shipyard Private Limited brought the chartered vessel from Japan for five years. This is the only international passenger cruise ship in the country.
Engineer MA Rashid, Managing Director (MD) of Karnaphuli Shipyard Private Ltd, disclosed the information at a press conference on board the ship at city’s Patenga Water Bus Terminal on Monday.
Rashid said they brought the ship to promote the country’s tourism sector during the ‘Mujib Borsho.’
He expressed hope that the ship will play a vital role in easing communication to and from the country’s lone coral island and top tourist attraction Saint Martin’s Island.
Engineer MA Rashid informed that the ship is capable of sailing through any route of the world for its well-planned design and modern technology.
The ship will sail from the city’s Patenga Water Bus Terminal at 11:00 pm and reach Saint Martin’s Island at 7:00 am. It will leave the Island at 1:00 pm and reach the port city at 8:00 pm, said the MD.The fare will range from Tk 3,000 to Tk 50,000 for different packages including emerald classic, oceans heaven, business and economic classes with snacks, lunch, dinner, entertainments and cultural functions, he said.
The ship has several decks, VVIP cabins, president suite, restaurants and economy class seats for passengers of different levels.
“We will ensure safety measures due to corona pandemic in addition to regular facilities for the passengers,” Rashid assured.
Passengers can collect tickets from the water bus terminal and online, he added.
Mentionable, the company brought the ship manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries from Japan to the port city on September 19 last year.
The ship with 450-feet length and 55-feet width can sail at 24 nautical miles per hour. The luxury cruise has 17 crews and 150 attendants on board.
State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury inaugurated the ship as the chief guest on December 20 last year at Patenga Water Bus Terminal and it sailed to Saint Martin’s Island on that day.