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Eastern Shipbuilding Launches the Bravante VII

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Crowds gathered, Friday, to see the launching a new ship at the Eastern Shipbuilding's Millville yard.

18 months of hard work have all led to this day.

200-300 people have worked on this boat for a little over a year and the project is not over yet.

This is the third of five ships being built for a Brazilian company, called Bravante, who does maritime transport, among other things.

One of ships was already launched and will make it Brazil in the next week or so.

Once this one makes it over, it will support drilling rigs off the coast of Brazil.

It has the capacity to haul more than 400,000 gallons of fuel oil.

About 350,000 man hours go into the construction of each one of these vessels.

To put it in perspective, it is almost the length of a football field long and about sixty feet wide.

"It's a very good feeling and of course its a very hard job that we have had in the last 4 to 5 years, so now seeing the boats here and going to Brazil to start work, it's a very good sensation," said Nuno Neves, President of Bravante.

This ship has about four to five months left in Panama City while Eastern Shipbuilding puts the final touches on the boat and then it will go through a testing phase.

They have already started work on the final two boats left in the project.