Dhaka, July 12: Bashundhara Steel and Engineering Limited (BSEL), an enterprise of the Bashundhara Group, has recently stepped into the field of marine ship building with its recently built coastal cargo vessel – MV Bashundhara Logistics-21.
The 1800 dead-weight tonnage coastal cargo vessel was built using local resources and workforce under the expert supervision of the United Naval Architect, a private company affiliated with reputed shipbuilders worldwide.
It is claimed to be the first ever locally made marine vessel that complied all specifications and requirements of the Department of the Mercantile Marine and to acquire bay-crossing certification from the authorities concerned under the K-20 provisions of the government.
The MV Bashundhara Logistics – 21 was pressed into operation from the BSEL shipyard spillways at Kaotail in Narayanganj after a simple ceremony on Thursday (July 8, 2010) last. Another coastal vessel of similar type is likely to be put on operation by a month or two.
An official of the BSEL said that more than a dozen coastal vessels of even larger tonnage would soon be built. “We like to be a leader in shipbuilding industry,” Executive Director of the BSEL Captain (Retd) Ruhul Amin said while narrating the future planning of the company.
Recently built Bashundhara Logistics – 21 will initially be engaged for carrying cement to different destinations of the country from Meghna Cement Mills Limited, another enterprise of the group, at Mongla in Khulna.
Member enterprises of the Bashundhara Group mostly located in Narayanganj, Khulna, Chittagong and Manikganj currently depends on the marine fleets of other companies what will soon be relocated to the company’s own fleet of vessels as soon as the vessels are ready for operation.