Algerian sail training ship ‘El-Mellah’ starts second round of trials in Polish waters
The Algerian Navy sail training ship El-Mellah started her second round of sea trials on September 16.
El-Mellah (meaning sailor in Arabic) was built by the Polish shipbuilder Remontowa Shipbuilding shipyard in Gdansk and launched in November 2015.
Earlier tests – completed in July – verified the vessel’s maneuvering and performance and now the vessel will be tested under sail.
El-Mellah’s crew members embarked the vessel for an opportunity to familiarize with her before she is finally handed over to the Algerian Navy and start her voyage home.
El-Mellah is 110 meters long and 14,5 meters wide, with masts that tower 54 meters above water line.
The crew is composed of 222 officers, officers and sailors, and there is room for 120 cadets on board. In addition to training officer cadets, El-Mellah, like many other tall ships serving with navies around the world, will play a role of an ambassador for Algeria, visiting foreign ports and taking part in international events.