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Latest Updates of Western Marine Shipyard

1000 DWT OSJI-JV Barge

Jun 6, 2017 by wms


Type of Project:
JV Barge


Units: 07


Length OA: 45.60M
Breadth MLD: 15.24M
Depth MLD: 03.05M
Draft MLD: 02.30M

Bangladeshi Made Biggest Ship successfully launched by WMShL

Mar 30, 2017 by wms

Chittagong, 29 March 2017: Western Marine Shipyard successfully launched first of ten 8000DWT Mini Bulk Carrier, JSW Pratapgad today. This is the largest vessel built so far in Bangladesh, marking a milestone in the country’s emerging shipbuilding industry. It was an emotion packed ceremony where the spectators expressed deep satisfaction over the progress of building & quality of construction. The Vessel has an overall length of 122.25 meter (401feet), will be in operation in the route of Indian Sea and it is being manufactured in compliance with Indian Register of Shipping (IRS), a classification society.
It is mentionable that, In 2015 Western Marine signed a deal with JSW Jaigarh Port Ltd. India for building 10units of Mini Bulk Carrier, JSW Pratapgad is one of them which has been launched. The ceremony was attended by the owner of the vessel, official of Western Marine and host of well-wishers. JSW Infrastructure Ltd. Head of Finance Mr Devki Nandan has expressed his satisfaction over the progress of building and quality of construction.

Western Marine Group signed an agreement for building 20 units of CLASS Cargo Ships

Mar 11, 2017 by wms

Chittagong 16 Feb 2017:

Western Marine Group signed an agreement for building 20 units of CLASS Cargo Ships.
Western Marine Group has announced that they have made a deal with Evergreen Shipping Limited for building 20 (Twenty) CLASS Cargo Ship. On 16 February 2017, an agreement for building 20 units of CLASS Cargo Ship has been signed between Western Marine Group and Evergreen Shipping Limited at the office premises of Evergreen Shipping Limited. On this agreement signing ceremony, Mr Md Sakhawat Hossain, Managing Director of Western Marine Shipyard Ltd. along with Capt. A.B.M Fazle Rabbi, Managing Director of New Western Marine Shipbuilders Ltd. and Mr Md Mostan Billa Adil, Managing Director of Evergreen Shipping Limited has signed the agreement on behalf of their respective entity. Under this agreement, Western Marine Group will be building 20 units of CLASS Cargo Ships which are to be delivered in next 36 months. These ships will be built for about BDT 250 Crore which could be considered one of the highest contracts in terms of number of ships to be built concurrently in the history of Bangladeshi Ship Building Industries.

Western Marine Shipyard delivers sea going harbour Tug Boat to Chittagong Port Authority

Mar 11, 2017 by wms

Chittagong 23 February 2017:

Country’s leading shipbuilder Western Marine Shipyard Ltd. has handed over a Sea going Harbour Tug Boat to Chittagong Port Authority. The Tug Boat named as KANDARI-12, which is 25.20 meter long with a capacity of 25 Ton BP. The boat was built under the supervision of International Classification Society CLASS NK Japan and main engine; machinery was come especially from Japan and European countries. The Boat was inaugurated by Mr. Abu Jahed Mohammed Nasir Uddin, Honorable Mayor, Chittagong City Corporation as the Chief Guest. Amongst others Rear Admiral M Khaled Iqbal, BSP, ndc, psc, Chairman of Chittagong Port Authority, Mr. Mahbubul Alam, President of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce & Industries and Mr. Sakhawat Hossain, Managing Director of Western Marine Shipyard Ltd were present as special guests. The ship was inaugurated floating near Marine Workshop (No. 1 Jetty Gate) of Chittagong Port.

WMSL to handover fishing vessel for Norway on schedule

Mar 11, 2017 by wms

Chittagong 07 March 2017:

Western Marine Shipyard Limited (WMSL) presented the progress of works on the construction of fishing vessel being built at its yard for a Norwegian Firm. The progress report was presented by WMSL Managing Director Md Sakhawat hossain at a meeting attended by Honorable Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation Mr. A.J.M Nasir Uddin as the Chief Guest and Norwegian Ambassador to Bangladesh Ms Sidsel Bleken as the special guest. Held at Chittagong Club the meeting reviewed the progress of the construction of the 80.30 meter long and 17.00 meter width fishing vessel being built by the WMSL at its Pangaon shipbuilding yard, under an agreement signed in June 2016.

Tokelau’s new ferry ‘Mataliki’ reaches Apia port

Apr 6, 2016 by wms

The brand-new Tokelau ferry “Mataliki” snuck quietly into Apia port on Wednesday 3 February, awaited by staff of the Tokelau Transport and Support Services (TSS) Department. The ship was designed in London and built in Bangladesh at a total cost of over NZ$12 million, funded by the New Zealand government.

Upon arrival on a beautiful calm morning, Mataliki was decked out in international signal flags for numbers and the letters of the alphabet. This ancient form of marine communication won’t ever need to be put to use seriously, it is hoped, as the ship is equipped with the most modern satellite navigation and communications technology – there’s even WiFi on board for its crew and passengers, so has been promised.

TSS Director Asofa Fereti said the new boat’s arrival was the end product of years of negotiations and team work between colleagues in NZ MFAT and TALO. Many technical people were engaged to provide input into the initial design and further modifications.

“It’s a dream come true for Tokelau”, Mr Fereti said. “We have been waiting for this moment for a long time; let’s hope the vessel proves worth the wait.”

Delivery of the boat from Bangladesh was a year behind schedule because there had been problems with the stability of the boat in its initial design. This has now been fixed and the boat has been making its successful voyage from the shipping yards in Chittagong, Bangladesh since 29 December.

Mataliki stopped over in Singapore for a week, departing there on 12 January and making refueling stops at the ports of Dili, East Timor on 18 January and in Honiara, Solomon Islands on 27 January. The vessel’s crew comprised mostly Tongans including Chief Engineer Tolati Fifita. They had first been flown in from Tonga for the sea trials last year, and then again for the entire voyage to Apia. The crew included one Tokelauan, Lamesa Mataga. Both the Master, Steve Christieson and First Mate, Allan Dillon had been flown in from New Zealand for the journey.

The new Tokelau ferry replaces a succession of charters from the Samoa Shipping Corporation: the Fasefulu and Lady Naomi have been supplementing trips by the PV Matua which has been doing regular, approximate fortnightly trips for several years until its engine broke down in July last year. Operations of the new boat will be jointly managed by the Tokelau Transport Department and the company Transport and Marine – whose Operations Manager Dick Mogridge was on hand to also sign off on arrival of the boat in Apia.



Mataliki is capable of transporting up to 60 international passengers at a time, and a relatively small amount of cargo for the three Tokelau atolls Atafu, Nukunonu and Fakaofo. It can carry up to 120 passengers between the atolls.

Tokelau’s population of about 1,400 people is entirely dependent on shipping for people and goods, as there are no flights to and from the islands. The length of the trip to Tokelau will not change much as a result of the new boat. With a cruising speed of 11.5 knots, Mataliki is still expected to take at least 24 hours for a one-way journey from Apia to the nearest atoll, and 4-6 hours between the three villages.

Mataliki is intended to continue a fortnightly service between Apia and Tokelau, interspersed with freighters such as the Fasefulu that will still be chartered for goods and particularly fuel transport. Mataliki has been designed mainly for passenger transport, and passengers will find it a lot more comfortable than previous vessels. There are a greater number of proper berths to sleep in; there’s even a sick room for medical evacuations between hospitals. Solar panels will be mounted on the rooftop of the passenger deck to help reduce power consumption.

Mataliki’s maiden voyage to Tokelau is planned to start on 1 March. This will be just in time for the General Fono that is due to take place in Fakaofo from 7 to 10 March; the new boat will then also be officially welcomed by the people of Tokelau. They have been waiting a long time to take possession of their very own vessel: let’s hope they will be able to put it to best use for a long time to come.

Western Marine delivers ship to New Zealand in presence of Canadian High Commissioner

Jan 17, 2016 by wms

MV Mataliki, an Intl. SOLAS Passenger Ship that Western Marine Shipyard has built for New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), has been handed over to her owner today 14 Dec 2015. The Canadian High Commissioner H.E. Benoît-Pierre Laramée was the Chief Guest in the occasion while Mr. Peter Bowe, President of Ellicott Dredgers-USA was the Special Guest.


MV Mataliki will be mainly used to transport the people of Tokelau which is a New Zealand controlled state in the Pacific. The ship was received by Mr. Harry Stronach, representative of New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The construction of the ship was initiated on the 19th of February 2014. This project has been identified as one of the biggest achievement of the entire shipbuilding industry of Bangladesh for having built a ship for the first time which will sail in the pacific.


The complete ship was built under class Lloyd’s Register, UK & the ship is under IMO SOLAS [Safety of Life at Sea] rule which means the ship has highest safety measures considering all possible risks at sea. The ship is able to carry 60 passengers in addition to 50 tonnes of cargo and supplies. The ship is 43m long with environment friendly machineries which will ply in the Pacific Ocean as a Green Ship.

The Chief Guest H.E. Laramée applauded to this occasion for the success of Western Marine & the entire shipbuilding industry of Bangladesh. The Special Guest Mr. Peter Bowe has highly admired shipyard workmanship & quality of the ship Mataliki and appreciated the whole team of the shipyard for such achievement.

The representative of New Zealand Ministry, Mr. Harry Stronach said that the ship will highly contribute to the people of Tokelau which will also make a positive impact on their economy. Mr. Stronach has expressed his positive view on the ship’s quality & hoped that the yard will have more business with New Zealand.


Shipyard Chairman Saiful Islam said shipbuilding is contributing highly in making a positive image of Bangladesh and Western Marine is playing a big role in this by building ships for different corners of the world.

Managing Director of shipyard Sakhawat Hossain mentioned that Mataliki has created an opportunity for the entire shipbuilding industry of Bangladesh as this ship is Echo friendly which will promote Bangladesh shipbuilding industry in the Pacific region. Earlier Western Marine has built ship for Sub-continent of Asia, Europe, South America, & East Africa region.

The 100% completion of hull of the Offshore Patrol Vessel

Jan 17, 2016 by wms

hull of the Offshore Patrol Vessel

A delegation from Kenyan Department of Fisheries headed by their Director Administration Mr. Harun Rashid Khator visiting the shipyard on 29 Nov 2015 to witness the 100% completion of hull of the Offshore Patrol Vessel that Western Marine Shipyard is building for Kenyan Department of Fisheries. The shipyard expects to deliver the ship by the end of 2016.

Sr. Vice President of World Bank pays visit to Western Marine Shipyard

Jan 17, 2016 by wms

SVP world bank com

The Sr. Vice President (SVP) of the World Bank Mr. Kyle Peters has paid a goodwill visit to the country’s leading shipyard, Western Marine Shipyard Limited on the 29th of October 2015.

Mr. Peters was on a 2 days tour to Bangladesh since 28th October 2015 and on the 29th he visited Chittagong to witness the industrial development in the port city.

Mr. Peters was very impressed to see the shipbuilding capacity of Bangladesh & he highly admired Western Marine Shipyard’s activity knowing the shipyard has exported their products in many European countries including Germany & Denmark.

At present the shipbuilding industry is going through a financial crunch for the high cost of fund in the country whereas the governments in S.Korea & China are cutting on interest rate to support their heavy industries.

As such the SVP has assured to support shipbuilding sector of Bangladesh through provision of low cost fund to uplift the industry for its huge contribution to the economy through mass employment, foreign currency earning & development of backward linkage industries.

The SVP Mr. Kyle Peters has also witnessed the training facility at Western Marine Shipyard & assured that World Bank will do its best for skill development in the country through training on different skills for industrial enhancement in the country.

Western Marine built ship MV Isla Bartolomé inaugurated by the Ecuadorian President

Sep 21, 2015 by wms

The latest export of Western Marine Shipyard to Ecuador-MV Isla Bartolomé was inaugurated by the President Rafael Correa recently. The ship earlier called MV Stella Atlantic was renamed MV Isla Bartolomé in memory of the British naval officer & naturalist Lieutenant Sir Bartholomew James Sulivan.

She will transport cargo from Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. The President was happy to receive the ship from Bangladesh saying “it will serve thousands of merchants in the islands and of course to all its inhabitants”. He has also praised on high quality of the Bangladeshi made ship mentioning it will play a vital role in their economy.

The ship will be operated by Transnave, an Ecuador based state shipping company in South America. A commission from Ecuador having Captain Alejandro Villacis Aguilar-Director of Ecuadorian Navy Company and Mr. Luis Mera Brito-Managing Director of Transnave travelled to Bangladesh in June 2015 to procure the ship, which arrived in Ecuador on August 30, 2015.

It is a great achievement for the shipbuilding industry of Bangladesh as this export deal with Ecuador has been remarked as the very first trade between the two countries. Through this deal Bangladesh has been introduced to Ecuador & many South American nations for the first time which will further enhance our bilateral trade with S. America.

Isla Bartolomé is a 3,831 capacity Multipurpose Tweendecker Ship equipped with 120 tons heavy lifting cranes. The 88.6 meter ship was constructed by the leading shipyard of Bangladesh Western Marine Shipyard Limited under the German class DNV-GL.