WMS builds 2 more ships for India
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said the sale of ships built in Bangladesh to foreign countries will greatly help diversification of exports.
"Bangladesh hitherto known as the readymade garment exporter, has now shifting its exports items from shirt to ships under the leadership of our visionary Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," he said as the chief guest at a ceremony held in Chattogram on Friday.
The ceremony was organized by the Western Marine Shipyard Limited (WMS), to hand over the last two of the four ships built at its yard to India.
Reciprocating the statement of Tipu Munshi, Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Mrs. Riva Ganguly Das said as the special guest at the event said these vessels would definitely enhance the Bilateral Trade relationship between the neighbouring and friendly countries.
WMS Chairman Md Saiful Islam said: "We shall continue to grab more domestic and shipbuilding orders having contributed to our economy."
JSW Sinhgad and JSW Lohgad, two 8000 DWT Cargo Ships each built by WMS will sail to India this month. These two ships, is the last pair of four ships ordered by Jindal Steel Works of India in 2015.
The 1st pair JSW Raigad and JSW Pratapgad were handed over in October 2017 and the.
Each ship cost BDT50 Crore approximately; total order value was BDT200 Crore for four ships. This project is known to be the single highest export order in the private sector of Bangladesh received from India.
The vessels will carry Iron Ore and Coal from Jaigarh Port located between Mumbai abd Goa to Dharamtar Port located in Dolvi of the Raigad District of Maharashtra.
Each ship is powered by two units of 1330 [email protected] Yanmar Engines to reach a maximum service speed of 10 knots with full load capacity.