Category Archives: Shipbuilding/Maritime Sector

Western Marine to build tugboat, vessel for Ctg port

Western Marine to build tugboat, vessel for Ctg port
Author / Source : STAFF REPORTER

CHITTAGONG, June 3: New Western Marine Shipbuilders (NWMS), a sister concern of Western Marine Shipyard Ltd signed an agreement with Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) for building a 60 ton Bollard Pull Tugboat and another 1000 Dead Weight Tonnage  Water Supply vessel today. CPA chairman Rear Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed and Managing Director of NWMSL, Sakhawat Hossain signed the contract on behalf of their respective organisations. Officials of CPA and Western Marine were present during the signing ceremony held in the Board Room of CPA.
Western Marine Shipyard has built ships of various types for Chittagong port in the past. All these vessels are serving well till today.

The shipyard won this contract by participating in an international tender as the lowest bidder. The contract price of this project is Tk 53 crore. This new tugboat will be having an engine power of 4500 Bollard Horse Power and 60BP, which will be the strongest tugboat in the country.

Such ships used to be imported but Western Marine’s expertise and proficiency in building quality vessels has enabled them in achieving this order. The other vessel which is a Water Supply Vessel will be the largest vessel of its kind to be added in the fleet of Chittagong Port, having a carrying capacity of 1000 tonnes water to supply to the merchant ships in the outer anchorage.
CPA Chairman Rear Admiral Nizamuddin said, “These ships are our national assets. Their quality and proper maintenance in the long run will enhance port capacity in the future.”

The Chairman of Western Marine, Saiful Islam said, “It is our pride that we are contributing to capacity building of our ports by building ships for their use. Our ports are our major sources to drive the nation forward.”

MD Sakhawat Hossain said CPA is the greatest business associate of Western Marine as the yard has built ships for them as well in the past and that signing of this contract has made the tie even stronger.


BIWTA to have $36m two salvage vessels this year

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.

Western Marine delivered two ships to Karachi Port

Western Marine delivered two ships to Karachi Port

Chittagong 05 January 2012: Western Marine Shipyard has delivered two passenger ships to Karachi Port Trust in Pakistan (KPT) today.

The ships were delivered through a function at the Western Marines shipyard in Chittagong. Industry minister Dilip Barua was present as chief guest and High Commissioner of Pakistan H.E. Afrasiab was present as special guest at the function.

General Manager of Karachi Port Trust Operations Rear Admiral Azhar Hayat Western Marine Shipyard chairman Saiful Islam and managing director Sakhawat Hossain, local dignitaries, heads of government bodies were also present at the occasion.

The passenger ships with a carrying capacity of 215 passengers & 10 crews are 30M long & 6.18M broad. The depth of the vessels is 1.8M each.

Western Marine Shipyard was awarded this order upon competing in an international tender, where ship builders of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and other nations were also took part. The construction work of these ships was initiated on the October 2010 and they have been constructed at a cost of BDT20 crore.

Industry minister Dilip Barua said that Western Marine has always uplifted the image of Bangladesh in the globe and they have proven their quality and productivity once again by delivering these ships to KPT.

Saiful Islam said, “It is the first time a Bangladeshi shipyard is delivering ships t Pakistan, this will be an example for increased trade among SAARC nations which was discussed in the recent SAARC conference in Maldives.”

Sakhawat Hossain said, “The shipyard has made another record by building 10 ships in the year 2011. The two of which has been delivered to their owner today.”

Pakistan Ambassador Afrasiab was impressed with the ships saying that this will enhance the bilateral relation between Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Western Marine ready to export more vessels to Germany

Western Marine ready to export more vessels to Germany
Author / Source : Staff reporter

Dhaka, Dec 26: Western Marine Shipyard, the country’s leading shipbuilding company, has launched another pair of ocean-going vessels for exporting to Germany.

The launching of these two vessels — EMSWATER and EMSFLOW—were carried out on December 23 and 25, says a press release. The company’s managing director, high officials and employees were present at the launching.

The two vessels with the total capacity of 10,400 DWT are the fourth pair of vessels in the series of twelve and will be handed over to the German buyer, Grona Shipping GmbH Germany in February 2012.

The previous three pairs were delivered in December 2010, March 2011 and July 2011, creating a history in the Bangladesh shipbuilding industry.

Western Marine has made a record in the shipbuilding history of Bangladesh by constructing eight sister vessels having a total tonnage of 41,600 DWT within the period of one year. This is believed that such vessels were built in the fastest possible time in Bangladesh.

The company struck an agreement with Grona Shipping on January 2008 for building 12 vessels. Each of these vessels is worth more than Tk 80cr. Since then the shipyard had been known all over the world as an international standard shipyard by achieving one of the highest worth foreign project in Bangladesh.

Saiful Islam, chairman of Western Marine, said, “I feel happy for such success. I thank the concerned persons who have contributed in making this project successful.”

Western Marine to build 4 oil tankers for local firm

Western Marine to build 4 oil tankers for local firm
Author / Source : STAFF REPORTER

CHITTAGONG, DEC 15: Western Marine Shipyard (WMS) Ltd, one of the country’s leading shipbuilding companies, will build four oil tankers for local buyer Nurjahan Group. The keel-laying ceremony of the four oil tankers was held on Thursday at the western Marine Shipyard located at the bank of river Karnaphuli under Kolagaon union of Patiya Upazila.

Representatives from Nurjahan Group and Germanischer Lloyd  Bangladesh, and 13 honorary consuls of Bangladesh from 12 different parts of the world were present during the keel-laying.

The thirteen consuls were Kazim Ozer from Istanbul, Turkey; Zerrin Cakmakoglu from Izmir, Turkey; Ataur Rahman from Auckland, New Zealand; Peggy Kalaydjian from Cyprus; Stéfan S. Gudjonsson from Reykjavic, Iceland; Peter Daae from Oslo, Norway; Tuomas Mantysaari and Harry Blässar from Helsinki, Finland; Patrick Swolfs from in Antwerp, Belgium; Amine Laraqui from Casablanca, Morocco; David Kim from Incheon, S Korea; Christian Pelo from Genova, Italy; Dasho Rinchen Dorji from Phuentsholing, Bhutan.

The consuls are paying goodwill visit to have a firsthand knowledge of Bangladesh’s shipbuilding industry.

The contract for building the tankers was signed between Nurjahan Group and the shipyard on July 18. The four oil tankers with a capacity of 1350 dwt each will be used by the Group to ferry edible oil within the country, said a press release on Thursday. After visiting Western Marine yard, the consuls said they were highly impressed seeing the significant advancement of the industry.

Western Marine takes part in Marintec Expo

Western Marine takes part in Marintec Expo
Author / Source : STAFF REPORTER

CHITTAGONG, DEC 13: Western Marine Shipyard (WMS) Ltd, one of the country’s leading shipbuilding companies, took part in the Marintec Exhibition at Shanghai in China recently. UBM Asia, Shanghai Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers of Shanghai jointly organised the exhibition. It is the biggest maritime trade fare in the Asia region which brings together the entire global maritime sector under one roof.

During the exhibition, Western Marine highlighted their quality shipbuilding works and their achievement for successful delivery of series of vessels to the local and European buyers. Managing director of Western Marine Sakhawat Hossain said, “Participating in the exhibition was a great success for the company as there had been several meetings with the number of potential buyers and our high officials,” We also sat with many shipbuilding machinery makers and suppliers to tie up with them for developing the business further in the near future, he added.

Shipbuilding sector awaits multi billion dollar export orders next year

Shipbuilding sector awaits multi billion dollar export orders next year

DHAKA, Dec 7 (BSS) – The country’s burgeoning shipbuilding industry, which is now witnessing a slowdown against the backdrop of falling demand of ships from Europe, awaits multi billion dollar export orders next year.

Buyers of Europe, the major destination for Bangladeshi shipbuilders, are now reluctant a bit to provide local shipbuilders with export orders due to the continuous economic jitters that followed the global financial crisis.

Amid the crisis, local shipbuilders are doing extraordinary well because of the country’s unique characteristics of low cost of production and skilled engineers, welders and feeders, leading shipbuilders said.

The government support such as green channel and bonded warehouse facilities and reduction in import duty for raw materials led to the performance, they said and added that now the industry needs banking support to compete with archrivals India and Vietnam.

“We have advanced much in building small vessels. We are not out of the world market and those are placing orders mostly from Europe where financial condition is not well.we need banking supports to offset the slowdown,” KM Mahmood ur Rahman, Chairman of Bangladesh Shipbuilders’ Association (BSA), told BSS.

Rahman, also president of Highspeed Group of Companies, said banking supports are indispensable for competing with archrivals India and Vietnam. The supports include Bangladesh Bank’s Tk 200 crore refinancing scheme as committed earlier, scraping bank guarantees, exemption of L/C (letter of credit) conformation costs and arrangements of loans with low interest rates as working capital.

At present, bank interest rates stood at 20 percent including all charges, which is highest in the world, he said adding that the government should also ensure utilities and expand infrastructure for long-term sustainability of the nascent sector.

Highspeed Ltd, the country’s first shipbuilding company that started activities jointly with Japanese Mitsui and got international recognition by building four ships for Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Rahman described the global financial recession as for now and said it will come to an end soon and during this period local ship makers are expanding respective shipbuilding facilities.

Welcoming the government move to set up a shipbuilding zone to give a further boost to the industry, he favoured setting up it in Munshiganj district because of available shipyards ready.

“Right at this moment our company has orders worth 300 million US dollars and we have a plan to set up at least 10 shipyards investing Taka 150 crore each which will encourage more companies to start shipbuilding business,” said the BSA chairman.

Chairman of Western Marine Shipyard Ltd Saiful Islam said shipbuilding export growth (July-Oct current fiscal) shows
negative due to Eurozone debt crisis and it will further hurt the
sector if the crisis prolongs.

But local shipbuilders are now expanding facilities leaving aside the Eurozone crisis, he said. “We are expanding our Narayanganj Engineering and Shipbuilding Ltd at a cost of Taka 200 crore,” he added.

“There is no alternative to shipbuilding after readymade garments (RMG) to branding the country,” said Islam.

Managing director of Ananda Shipyard and Slipways Ltd Afroza Bari said European buyers don’t have enough money to give orders to Bangladesh. We will export ships of 10 billion US dollars once the global financial recession is over.shipbuilding sector will surpass all other sectors in the years to come”

“Although the order in the international market is relatively less, we continued our negotiations with buyers for our competitive price and costing,” Tofael Kabir Khan, managing director of Khan Brothers Shipbuilding Ltd, told the news agency.

Khan said Japan is going to be the new destination for Bangladeshi ship export as its market representatives are now carrying out studies to scoop out shipbuilding possibilities here.

Professor of Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of BUET, Dr M Rafiqul Islam said there is nothing for the shipbuilders to be worried about the ongoing slowdown in Bangladesh’s shipbuilding industry as European buyers will just delay to get back their ships built in Bangladesh.

Buyers will need huge number of ships and have to give orders from now on otherwise they will be in serious crisis, he said quoting the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) obligation to scrap all old ships by 2015.

If Bangladesh gets merely .05 per cent orders, our small shipbuilders will have to think at a large scale to absorb it, Prof Islam said adding that shipbuilding industry would contribute a lot to the country’s GDP in the days to come as some African countries likely to be added to export destinations in future.

Bangladesh is now receiving orders of oceangoing ships and ferries from Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. At present Highspeed, Western Marine, Ananda, Khan Brothers, Dhaka Dockyard and Karnaphuli Shipyard are the leading companies that make ships for international buyers. They have received export order – worth $ 500 million with a deadline to deliver those by 2013, according to Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) data.