Chittagong, 22 December 2012: Engineer Sakhawat Hossain, the Managing Director of Western Marine Shipyard was awarded Commercially Important Person (CIP) for 2012. He got the status in Large-scale Industry category considering his entrepreneurship to build industries, increase commodity production, creating employment, contribution to boost national income in the economy as whole. He was also awarded the same esteemed recognition in 2011. CIP status is the highest honor given by the government of Bangladesh to entrepreneurs & industrialists for their contribution to the economy. Under his guidance Western Marine Shipyard has already made a mark in the shipbuilding sector since 2000. This month he was also recognized as one of sixteen pride of Chittagong for his leadership in most potential business sector of the country.
Engineer Hossain graduated from Bangladesh Marine Academy in 1981 as a Marine Engineer. Later he acquired MEO Class-1 (Chief Engineer) from UK in 1989. He began his professional career with Bangladesh Shipping Corporation, subsequently served in different capacities in Singapore and Malaysia till 1993. He is also known as an elected council member of IMarEST, UK (2009-2011); chairperson of International Business Forum of Bangladesh (IBFB), Chittagong Chapter. He came up as an entrepreneur in 1994 by opening Western Marine Services (WMS) along with few other marine professionals as partner. Initially WMS used to provide ship service facilities. Eventually established Western Marine Shipyard in 2000.
Western Marine Shipyard is the leading shipbuilder in Bangladesh standing over 42 acres of land in the eastern bank of river Karnaphuli in Chittagong. It has created employment opportunity for 3500 people & more than five hundred professionals including engineers & technologists are involved. They shipyard came into limelight in recent years for export of ships in the international market. Newbuilding of various types of inland & coastal ships for the local market is in progress meeting the domestic demand & saving our hard earned foreign currency.