President Marien Ngouabi of the Congo Republic was on hand in Brazzaville on Thursday (9 March) for a ceremony marking the delivery of the fist river-boat built at a new shipyard.
GV Ship at berth PAN TO launching yard
GV Arrival of Mr. Nze and Mr. Poungi
MV Crowds with flags
MV Arrival of President Ngouabi - greeted
SV INT. Chinese and Congo Republic representatives seated
CU ZOOM OUT TO SCUs Charge d'affaires from Peking speaking
GV Delegates seated
SV Mr. Goma speaking
SV Representatives seated
SV PAN Chinese Charge d'Affaires and Mr. Goma sign document
GTV PAN crowds at dockyard beside new boat
MV Crowds on board river-boat
SV & CU container of win broken over ship (2 shots)
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV ships moves off
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Background: President Marien Ngouabi of the Congo Republic was on hand in Brazzaville on Thursday (9 March) for a ceremony marking the delivery of the fist river-boat built at a new shipyard.
The yard was built with aid from the People's Republic of China and there are plans to build about 14 river boats a year there to improve communications within the Congo.
The river-boats a particularly shallow draft and are able to negotiate rivers previously not served by motor-driven ships.
SYNOPSIS: At the Chacona shipyards near Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo - ??? ceremony marking the delivery of the first of a fleet of river boats, designed to revolutionise river transport in the country. Members of the Congolese Political Bureau were special gusts at the ceremony. The river boats are being constructed at a dockyard built in Brazzaville by the People's Republic of China. president Ngouabi was guest of honour.
The formal delivery of the first river-boat took place at a ceremony in a nearby hall. Representatives of both the Congo Republic and the People's Republic of China were there - including the Chinese Charge d'Affaires in Brazzaville.
Accepting the boat - Congo's Minister of Transport, Mr. Goma.
Mr. Goma and the Chinese Charge d'Affaires signed the documents marking the handover of the new vessel - then the ceremony moved to the dockside, where thousands of Congolese had gathered. The new river boats are of very shallow draft - and they'll be able to negotiate riven ships. The shipyard plans to build fourteen new ships each year.