Ananda Shipyard’s new ship for export
DHAKA, APR 28: Ananda Shipyard and Slipways Ltd (ASSL), the country’s first ship exporter on Thursday launched its 11th ship as the largest ever seagoing vessel built in Bangladesh. Ananda will formally hand over the ship titled ‘WES GRAIN’ with 5,500 Dead Weight Tonnage (DWT) capacities to the Reedierie GmbH, a German-based buyer, by July this year, company source said.
“The ‘WES GRAIN’ was built at a cost of eight million Euros,” said ASSL Chairman Dr Abdullahel Bari while launching the GL class 105-meter long multipurpose ship at its yard at Meghnaghat, Sonargaon, Narayanganj.
Industries Minister Dilip Barua is expected to hand over the ship to its buyer at the shipyard in three months time, he said.
Managing Director of the company Afruja Bari, Executive Director Tariqul Islam, high officials and representatives from the German Buyer were present on the occasion. Bari also said ASSL is receiving a good number of orders from Germany, Denmark and Middle East as they consider Bangladesh as a cost-effective destination for shipbuilding for its competitive workforce and cutting edge production costs.
Ananda exported its first ship to Europe to a Danish buyer in 2008, making a history in the country’s nascent shipbuilding industry. At present, 10 more ships are being built for exporting to buyers mainly from Germany, said the company officials.
They said they have also a plan to set up about 300-metre shipyard for construction of ships in the range of 50,000 DWT, they added.