Western Marine Shipyard Limited (WMShL) – one of the leading shipbuilders of the country, handed over two large cargo vessels to an Indian buyer on Friday.
The WMShL signed a contract with the buyer Jindal Steel Works (JSW) for building four 8000-DWT bulk carriers in March 2015.Two of the four vessels were delivered in 2017. The rest two ‘JSW Lohagarh’ and ‘JSW Sinhgad,’ the largest seagoing ships built in Bangladesh, were handed over through a ceremony on Friday.
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi was the chief guest at the handing over ceremony held onboard a cruiser ‘Western Cruise’ on the river Karnaphuli in the morning.
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das was present at the ceremony as special guest.
Addressing the ceremony, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi observed that capability of building different types of vessels in Bangladesh is increasing gradually.
“Our ships are being exported to different countries and it has been upholding the image of the country across the globe,” said Minister Tipu.
He also hoped that India will place orders for supplying more ships from Bangladesh.Terming the neighbouring country as a time-tested friend, the commerce minister said Bangladesh can get more benefits from the country.
India extended their support during the country’s Liberation War and provided shelter to some one crore people, he said.
“We are at a geographically convenient location. Mongla Port has been developed while the capacity of Chattogram Port is also increasing,” said Tipu.
Mentionable, the JSW of India ordered for construction of the four ships at a cost of Tk 200 crore in 2015.
JSW is leading steel producer in India. The delivered vessels will carry iron ore and coal from ‘Jaigarh Port’ (located between Mumbai and Goa) to Dharamtar Port of Maharashtra.
The vessels having maximum speed of 10 nautical miles per hour in loaded condition were handed over to the JSW Infrastructure Chief Executive Officer Arun Maheshwari.
WMShL Chairman Saiful Islam, Managing Director Captain Sohel Hasan and Bank Asia Deputy Managing Director SM Iqbal were present at the ceremony among others.