'Flotar Christina': first vessel of ambitious new building program launched on naval day.

Last year the Government of Argentina initiated an ambitious program called Nacion Leasing aimed to stimulate inland shipping on the Rio Plata. The River springs in Brazil, shapes the border of Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina only to finally mound in the Atlantic Sea, and through the urban areas of Buenos Aires. Shipping is possible over a length of more than 100 km, all the way to the city of Corumbia, Brazil. The Government plan comprises the fiscal stimulation to built some 100 river liners, all to be built in Argentinean yards. Last September, one of the first Barges was launched on a special occasion, the day of the Naval Industry. On that day, President Nestor Kirchner baptised the first barge under the Nacion Leasing program and delivered her to the owner Flota del Littoral SRL. The vessel was named ‘Flotar Christina’ after the wife of the President, Maria Christina Vicario de Norman who has now taken over the presidency of Argentina.

Flotar Christina is the first of six 2500 ton barges for Flota de Littoral and will be used for carriage of general cargo and grain. She was built at Tandanor owned SACIyN shipyard, Santa Fe province and all paints were delivered by Transocean’s member in Argentina, Pinturas Platamar. Flota del Littoral has chosen Transocean paints because of its good quality, attractive pricing and above all, the excellent technical service during the whole project. Transpoxy Masterbond was used on all vessel areas as protective coating system.

Although, less prominent in the new of course, other new building projects that were completed by Transocean in Argentina last year was a 15.000 DWT Bulker (NB 158) at Corrientes shipyard and a 4.400 DWT product tanker Sofia R for Risler S.A. Both built at Riopal shipyard, who have entered immediately in new project initiated by PKM S.A. This project aims to built a 100 m long oil products tanker, to be built in 8 block sections. Transpoxy Primer was used as a holding primer for all these products.
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