Western Marine Shipyard Limited (WMShL), a leading shipbuilding industry in the country, has inaugurated construction of a seagoing 60-ton-BP tugboat for Payra Port Authority (PPA) through a keel laying ceremony at their yard recently.
PPA Chairman Commodore Md Saidur Rahman was chief guest at the inaugural ceremony while Project Director (DISF Project) and Member (Engineering and Development) Captain M Muniruzzaman and Member (Finance) Commander Rafiul Hasan were present as special guests.
The 33.50-metre long vessel will be handed over within next 18 months after building under the supervision of Bureau Veritas, a classification society, said the company officials.
The Bureau Veritas Senior Surveyor Mahmudun Nabi handed over the keel laying certificate to the WMShL and PPA at the ceremony.
The chief guest PPA Chairman Commodore Md Saidur Rahman in his speech expressed satisfaction over the construction activities of various types of ships at the yard. He said Western Marine’s efficiency helped not to depend on foreign countries for constructing the tugboat. The company also ensured 100 percent after-sales service and routine maintenance work, which will definitely increase the efficiency and lifetime of the boat, he said.
WMShL Technical Director Md Abdul Mobin said people used to import this type of boat from abroad earlier. The company has proved its competence through construction of such boat with high standard of quality, he said.
The shipyard Managing Director Sakhawat Hossain said in last 14 years WMShL built 140 units of vessels price of which is 30 percent lower compared to the price of same imported ships.