WMS building fishing trawler for JK Group
Western Marine Shipyard Ltd. (WMS) has started building a 47 Meter Fishing Trawler following a Keel Laying Ceremony held at its shipyard on Thursday.
This hi-tech trawler large trawler will be constructed under an agreement signed earlier with Bangladesh fishing company Pacific Eagle Limited on January 11 last. Pacific Eagle is a sister concern of renowned JK Group based in Chittagong.
The trawler with 11 Meter Breadth and the carrying capacity 350 tonnes will be HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point) compliant, which is an international requirement in fishing vessels for exporting fish.
WMS so far built 13 Fishing Trawlers, among them 4 were built for same buyer JK Group earlier.
WMS also received an order to build a 80 meter long fishing trawler from Norway which is now being constructed at the shipyard of WMS. This will be the largest Fishing Vessel of Norway and the first Fishing Vessel to be exported from Bangladesh.
WMS Managing Director Sakhawat Hossain mentioned that this will be the first HACCP Compliant Fishing Vessel in Bangladesh which will do fishing in the deep sea of our Blue Economy Zone.
He also said at the keel laying ceremony that "our vast Blue Economy Zone still remains unexplored as we have lots of fish in this zone which requires more hi-tech fishing trawlers for extraction.
"Therefore if we have more hi-tech fishing vessels our fishing industry will make better contribution in our economy similar to Norway as fishing is one of the main source of revenue of Norway."
Sakhawat also stated that to become a Middle Income Country by 2021 and to expand Sustainable Growth by 2030 the country needs lots of different vessels like dredger, tug, passenger vessel, etc.
WMS Chairman Saiful Islam said: "Our Shipbuilding Industry is growing fast and the country have proven that we are capable of building all sort of vessels for our domestic use.
He said the sector was affected from Eurzone Crisis in 2012. To ensure sustainability of the industry in the competitive international market he asked for Government support for undertaking a refinancing scheme for this sector for giving long-term loan at lowest interest, as a result this sector can create job opportunity for 1000s.