Govt plans another seaport: PM
Six more marine academies on cards
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government has a plan to construct a seaport in between Barguna and Patuakhali to handle the growing external trade, apart from building a deep-sea port in Chittagong.
She said this while laying the foundation stone of Sheikh Mujib Maritime University under the “Enhancing Marine Academy into Maritime University” project at a cost of Tk 260 crore on Marine Academy premises in Chittagong.
About maritime boundary, she said Bangladesh had lodged its submission formally to the United Nations on Friday claiming an area of over 400 nautical miles in the seabed of the Bay of Bengal. Foreign Minister Dipu Moni who is now in the USA made the submission, she added.
The maritime university, which will be established as a regional university in South Asia, will start its academic activities in 2013. It aims at meeting the growing demand of skilled marine human resources home and abroad.
Sheikh Hasina said her government has taken steps to set up six more marine academies in Barisal, Khulna, Pabna, Rangpur, Narayanganj, and Sylhet at a cost of about Tk 800 crore. She said the government is also procuring full-mission deck bridge simulator and full-mission engine control simulator for Marine Academy that costs about Tk 80 crore under another programme.
Hasina said the university will provide masters, M Phil, and PhD degrees on ship building engineering, shipping management, international and national maritime transportation, and maritime laws.
Earlier, the prime minister attended the Cadet Graduation Parade of 45th batch of Bangladesh Marine Academy and distributed special merit awards of the academy to the cadets for their outstanding performances.
She said the government has so far raised the number of trainee cadets in the academy to 200 from 100 and has a plan to further raise the number to 500.
She also watched a spectacular march past and took salute of the graduating cadets.
On her arrival on the Marine Academy premises, the prime minister was received by the shipping minister and the commandant of the academy.