Western Marine to build ferry for Denmark
Keel-laying ceremony to be held today
CHITTAGONG, FEB 9: After Germany, Denmark makes a beeline for Bangladesh. Western Marine Shipyards Ltd, leading ship-building company of the country, today begins the construction of a passenger ferry for a Danish company with the ceremonial laying of the keel of the vessel. The 49.80-metre-long ferry is being built for Hundested Rorvig Faergefart (HR) under the supervision of French classification society, Bureau Veritas, a company official said. Southeast Bank, the financial partner to Western Marine in this project, has extended a credit line of Tk. 44 crore (funded & non-funded), he added.
The new order is being viewed as a great achievement for the country’s ship-building industry in general, and for Western marine in particular, as this is the first time that a Danish order has travelled far beyond the shores of Scandivia.
The secretary in the ministry of commerce, Ghulam Hussain, is expected to inaugurate the ceremony as chief guest at the Patiya shipyard of Western Marine while Chairman of Prime Bank & CEO of East Cost, Azam J. Chowdhury will be present as special guest.
The chairman and the chief executive officer of Hundested Rorvig Faergefart, Captain Kennie G. Kjeldsen and Bo Andersen; regional head (SE Asian) of Bureau Veritas, Hubert Mignot; representative of the Danish Embassy in Bangladesh, Morten S. Lynge; representative of Western Marine in Europe and managing director of East Wind Germany, Hans-Ulrich Brenneke; and deputy managing directors of Southeast Bank, Syed Imtiaz Hasib and Shahid Hossain will be present during the programme.
Denmark enjoys a global reputation for building high-quality ferries. In fact Bangladesh once imported ferries from Denmark for operating in inland waters. Western Marine was nominated for this new building order by Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), which is known for maintaining and following stringent maritime safety rules in the world.
Western Marine termed the achievement the beginning of a new chapter in the history of ship-building industry in Bangladesh with the country poised to export ferries to Denmark.
Earlier, Western Marine delivered two ice-class 5,200 DWT multi-purpose vessels to a German company.