Cuba received in the Chinese city of Shanghai the ninth of 10 bulk carriers as part of a contract with the shipyards of that Asian port to develop the island's merchant fleet.
Gertrudis is the name of the boat, which was received by Cuban authorities during a ceremony at the shipyard located on Conngming Island, in Shanghai. Executives with China's National Machinery Import and Export Corporation and with the Trade Minister attended the ceremony.
Cuba's commercial attaché in China, Tania Velazquez, was present at the shipyard along representatives of the ACEMEX Company, engineers and technicians, who supervised the construction of boat.
Shanghai shipyard president Ma Shixiong described as fruitful the current collaboration between China and Cuba and he stressed his company's commitment to keep strengthening such links, which were established 50 years ago at the diplomatic level.
Tania Velazquez recalled the historic friendly and cooperation relations between Beijing and Havana and she noted that the construction of these boats is the result of those bonds.
Sources with the Cuban embassy in China stressed the strategic importance of these boats for Cuba, and the current bilateral economic and commercial relations.