Dayang Shipyard held a christening ceremony on June 17th for the newly built GPA696 vessel “Bourbon Evolution 806”.
The christening ceremony was attended by His Excellency, Mr. Denis Sassou-N’Guesso, President of the Republic of Congo and Mrs. Antoinette Sassou-N’Guesso, Godmother of the ship.
President Sassou-N’Guesso participated in the traditional Chinese dotting the eye ceremony by painting the eyes on the lion himself, to bring good luck to this new ship.
The GPA696 IMR is the 6th vessel of the GPA696 series constructed by SINOPACIFIC. The first vessel was delivered to the ship owner 3 years ago.
After the christening ceremony, Mr. Simon Liang, Chairman of Evergreen Holding Group and SINOPACIFIC, accompanied the President of the Republic of Congo and Madame Sassou-N’Guesso on a tour of Dayang Shipyard.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the Republic of Congo and to celebrate such, President Sassou-N’Guesso was invited by President Xi Jinping to pay a state visit to China.
Led by President Sassou-N’Guesso, a delegation of over 70 guests comprising Congolese Ministers and their guests were present at the ceremony held at Dayang Shipyard.
June 19, 2014