Meghna to build 12 tankers for local firms
Author / Source : STAFF REPORTER
DHAKA, OCT 5: Meghna Shipbuilders and Dockyard Ltd., a unit of Meghna Group of Industries, laid a keel to build 12 costal tankers at Meghnaghat in Narayanganj.
All the tankers are being built as per specifications under Letters of Content received from the country’s three oil companies—Padma Oil Company Ltd., Jamuna Oil Company Ltd., and Meghna Petroleum Ltd. The keel laying ceremony of the costal tankers was presided over by the group’s chairman Mostafa Kamal. Commodor Jobair Ahmed, director general of Department of Shipping, attended the programme as chief guest.
“The tankers each 1500 dead weight tonnage will be deployed in the existing tanker fleets of the oil companies for carrying their petroleum products from the coast to destinations in land, particularly to power houses,” the Meghna Group chief said.
In view of the safety and environmental considerations, Mostafa said the specification of the tankers have been upgraded incorporating International Maritime Organisation-required modern features like double bottom, double skin and classed hull.
Design-drawings are prepared by a local design firm named ‘Marine House’ and class certificate will be issued by internationally renowned classification society Germanischer Lloyd Bangladesh (GL), he said.
“We are continuously carrying the extension work of the group,” he said, pointing to the keel laying ceremony as an example of the group’s business expansion.
“Our future aim is to enter into the international shipping market through meeting our domestic demand,” he said.
The event was attended, among others, by Kazi Ali Hossain, general manager of Padma Oil, Shamsul Alam, chief executive officer of Marine House, AKM Masud Karim, managing director of GL, Md Habibur Rahman, principle officer of Mercantile Marine Department, Chittagong, and Tanjima Mostafa, director of Meghna Group.