Bangladesh Creates another Milestone by Entering International Specialized Shipping Sector

Chittagong, 27 April, 2009: Western Marine Shipyard Ltd (WMShL), today enters international specialized shipping sector through a Keel Laying Ceremony for building one “Floating Reception Vessel,” and one “Pontoon Barge & Gangway with Foundation” for LAMOR Corporation AB, Finland – which will be eventually handed over to CPA (Chittagong Port Authority). The Chairman of CPA, Commodore R.U Ahmed, ndc afwc, psc, BN graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

The main purpose of this vessel is to collect operational and oily waste from oceangoing ships in the CPA limit and territorial waters of Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal. The vessel will be suitably designed to work under tropical conditions at high seas and shallow waters. Construction and outfitting of the vessel will be carried out in accordance with Germanischer Lloyd classified society standard.

In the key note speech the Chairman of CPA said that this vessel is intended to use as Floating Reception craft for service in the CPA limit territorial waters of Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal. The operational area of the vessels is harbor and the adjacent sea within 50 nm from shore. The vessel will be suitable designed to work under tropical Conditions at high seas and shallow waters having facilities.

It is pertinent to mention that, on 26 Nov 2008, CPA signed this contract with LAMOR Corp AB, Finland following a rigorous evaluation of their response to key environmental issues and risk mitigation. LAMOR is a recognized company which is organized to respond to any pollution incident. Its global presence, cooperate expertise professionalism span several decades and is commendable.

Based on Bangladesh govt’s decision on 10 Jun 2002 to proceed to pacify MARPOL 73/78. This is the 1st step by our government in its preparation for the ratification to meet international standards for oil spill prevention. Needless to say that, environment protection facility will surely place CPA amongst one of the major safe international sea ports in the region. Through this project, our government has demonstrated its concerns and initiative to continually mitigate risks to the environment.

The MD of Western Marine in his Welcome address said that, “This is a specialized vessel capable of collecting operational and oily waste from ships, tankers & other vessels for carrying to the CPA treatment site. This special vessel will also be capable of – combating situation due to accidental oil pollution within the port limit and adjacent waters. It will be fitted with fire fighting equipment sufficient to fight her internal and surrounding oil spilled areas.

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