Western Marine Shipyard -Bangladesh to deliver ships to Germany
Western Marine Shipyard will deliver a pair of the largest vessels ever built in Bangladesh to Germany tomorrow (Friday) in Chittagong. Industries minister Dilip Barua, German state secretary of federal foreign office Martin Biesel and German ambassador to Bangladesh Holger Mitchell will be present when the Germans take delivery of the ships.
“Grona Ammersum” and “Grona Biessum” are both 100 metre long and 5200 deadweight tonnage (DWT) ice class vessels built in compliance with the latest IMO (international maritime organisation) guidelines under the supervision of class Germanischer Lloyd.
The vessels have been designed to sustain in cryogenic weather condition and certified as E3 ice class vessels, organisers said at a press conference at a local hotel in the city today.
Chairman of Western Marine Shipyard Saiful Islam said these vessels are the first two in a series of 12 ships built for Grona Shipping based in Leer, Germany. The ships made a successful sea trial on November 15 last.
Lauding the role of the grand alliance government he said that the government has provided all-out support and infrastructure facilities to the ship building industry.
“The government has extended all possible facilities including the infrastructural ones at least in the ship building sector without which it would have been quite impossible for us to accomplish such a highly sophisticated task,” Islam said.
Managing Director of the ship building company Shakhawat Hossain said it is once again proved that Bangladesh can build world class sophisticated ships with full satisfaction of customers from the advanced country like Germany.
Jalal Khaled, quality management director of Western Marine, owner of the vessels Mr. Markku Vedder from Grona Shipping, Germany, Mr. Lars Brenneke of East Wind, Germany, Mahfuz Anam, editor of the Daily Star and Matiur Rahman, editor of the daily Prathom Alo also spoke at the press conference.