Western Marine Shipyard Limited (WMShL) started construction of a fishing trawler through a keel laying ceremony at their yard on other bank of the river Karnaphuli on Thursday.
The WMShL signed an agreement with Pacific Eagle Limited, a sister-concern of the renowned ‘JK Group’ based in Chattogram, on January 11 this year.The hi-tech fishing trawler with 47-metre length and 11-metre width having carrying capacity of 350 tonnes of fishes will be the largest fishing trawler in Bangladesh.
The vessel will be Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point (HACCP) compliant, which is an international requirement in fishing vessels for exporting fish, said the company officials.
Mentionable, the WMShL so far built 13 fishing trawlers of which four were built for same buyer ‘JK Group’ earlier.
The shipbuilder also received an export order for an 80-metre fishing trawler from Norway. It will also be the largest fishing vessel of Norway and the first fishing vessel to be exported from Bangladesh, they said.
Addressing the keel laying ceremony, WMShL Managing Director Sakhawat Hossain said the fishing trawler will do fishing in the deep sea under the Bangladesh territory.
More hi-tech fishing trawlers for extracting fishes from the blue economic zone, vast areas of which remains unexplored, are needed to increase contribution of the fishing industry to the country’s economy, he said.WMShL Chairman Saiful Islam also laid emphasis on government support through initiating a refinancing scheme for this sector for giving long-term loan with low interest rate.