Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) has planned to add 26 new ships to its fleet as a part of modernizing the state-owned organisation.
Meanwhile, the authorities have already purchased six vassals from China of which three are added to the fleet and remained 3 will be added by February.Officials shared the information at the operations committee meeting of BSC at Shipping Ministry at Secretariat in the capital on Sunday. State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury was in chair.
Of the six ships, three are bulk carrier and remained ones are oil tanker. Each of the ships has carrying capacity of 39,000 metric tones.
Shipping Ministry Additional Secretary Sanjoy Kumar Banik, BSC Managing Director Yahya Syed, Finance Ministry Economic Advisor Saiful Alam Hamidi, Executive Directors Habibur Rahman, Mohammad Yusuf were present in the meeting.
Besides, State Minister Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury also exchanged views among the officials of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authorities at BIWTA head office in the capital on Sunday.
In the meeting, Khalid Mahmmud Chowdhury said the government has been working to improve the service area of water transportation.
“In the first six month of present fiscal year, BIWTA served 10.1 million passengers including 1.52 million vehicles through ferry services in 50 routes across the country,” Chowdhury said.He also informed the meeting, the government has planned to introduce ferry carrier in 19 new routs across the country.
It may be mentioned that the Shipping Ministry collected 19 ferry carriers, 4 sea trucks, 12 water buses, 2 passenger ships and 4 container ships in last one decade in the tenure of present government.