CHITTAGONG, Apr 17: Western Marine Shipyard has inaugurated the construction of one unit of sea-going 60 tonne BP tug boat for Payra Port Authority through keel-laying ceremony at the yard at Patiya in Chittagong.
Chairman of Payra Port Authority (PPA) Md Saidur Rahman was the chief guest on the occasion. Project director-DISF project and member (engineering and development) of the PPA M Muniruzzaman and member (finance) of PPA Rafiqul Hasan were present as the special guests.
The vessel-33.50 metre in length-will be delivered to the PPA within 18 months, to be built under the supervision of Bureau Veritus, a quality control firm. As such, senior surveyor of the firm Mahmudun Nabi handed over the keel-laying certificate to Western Marine Shipyard and PPA.
Western Marine in a statement said it has built seven units of vessels including two tug boats for the Chittagong Port Authority in the last three years. It has also built three units of various types of vessels for the Mongla Port Authority.
On the occasion of keel-laying, the chief guest said the builder company has ensured 100 per cent instant after sales service and routine maintenance work, which will increase the efficiency and life time of the boat.
By making this type of tug boat locally, the Western is playing an important role in saving the hard-earned foreign currency, while creating job opportunities for thousands of skilled and semi-skilled workforce. It is also developing the associated backward linkage industry in the country, he said.
Technical director of the Western Abdul Mobin said this type of boats were earlier imported, but by utilising efficient manpower and advanced technology, his company was building ships and tug boats of international standard locally now-a-days. Western Marine has proved its competence and will be providing constant support for enhancing capacity of the Payra Port.
Managing director of the company Sakhawat Hossain said port is the main wing to earn revenue in the country and accelerating and developing the port will play a vital role on way to the national development of the country.
He said over the last 14 years, Western Marine has built 140 ships -115 for the local buyers and the rest 25 ships for foreign buyers. The ships made were of world class and environment-friendly and safe. Building cost of these ships is 30 per cent lower than that of those imported.
Surviving the global economic crisis, the industry is growing again as expected, he said. The industry will turn around if it gets 3-4 per cent interest rate on bank loan for a period of 20 years on the infrastructure development, he added.