BIWTA to have $36m two salvage vessels this year
DHAKA, June 3 (BSS) – Two salvage vessels purchased from Korea outlaying 36 million US dollars are expected to arrive in the country by this year, a high official of BIWTA said here today.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) is procuring the two salvage vessels under a Korean soft loan aimed expediting the rescue operation aftermath of river accidents.
“The government plans to develop a fleet of four rescue vessels soon so it can move for rescue operation soon after any accident,” Chairman of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Dr Shamsuddoha Khandker told BSS.
Khandker said although the new salvage vessel would have a capacity of lifting a sinking vessel weighing 250 metric tons, it would be able to lift vessel weighting up to 500 metric tons.
“We are expecting that the two salvage vessels will arrive here in the country by December this year as the work order to procure the vessels has already been given to a Korean company in January last year,” he said.
The BIWTA Chairman said the existing salvage vessels — Rustom and Hamza — along with the two existing vessels would be anchored in four different places — Narayanganj, Barisal, Khulna and Sunamganj.
Khandker said the BIWTA now maintains only two salvage vessels – – MV Rustam and MV Hamza — procured in between 1963 and 1968.
He said each salvage vessel has the capacity to lift only 60 metric tons but each vessel is now lifting vessel weight about 400 metric tones.
The country needs more salvage vessels to carry massive rescue operation as many launches weighing 1,000 metric tons are now plying on the river routes, said the BIWTA chairman.