Buoy-laying vessel ‘Rangabali’ rolls out today

A buoy-laying vessel “Rangabali” built for Payra Seaport by Ananda Shipyard & Slipways Ltd (ASSL), will be inaugurated on Thursday. The ship will be officially floated at Meghnaghat in Narayanganj. “Earlier, Payra Port Authority signed an agreement with ASSL to buy the ship worth Tk 34 crore 49 lakh. The ship is now ready for use in Payra Seaport. The length of the ship is 44 meters, width 9.25 meters and height 3.5 meters,” an ASSL official said.

ASSL director (technical) Mohammad Saiful Islam told Bangladesh Post “the new ship will be used for buoy laying and handling at the Payra deep sea port. We hope, after inauguration, it will reach Payra within one and a half to 2 months.” “The buoy is used as markup of navigational routes in the river. It’s a floating structure and each weighs 10-16 tonnes. There are beacons with red and green signal lights. There is a crane with a capacity of 20 tonnes used for buoy handling on the ship,”he explained.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the country’s 3rd seaport “Payra Seaport” at Rabnabad Channel of Patuakhali district on November 19, 2013. The government has taken up short, mid & long term plans to develop a state of the art modern sea port. As per the short term plan, the port is set to operate port activities by off loading cargo from mother ships at outer/inner anchorages and transport it to the hinterlands through river routes.

Under the long term plan, by 2023, the port would be fully operational with a 16m channel with a minimum 10 km container & other terminals with all other associated facilities like establishing EEZ, Airport, Dockyard/Shipyard, Echo Tourism etc centring the port. Presently, port users are using river route connecting to Dhaka and other districts.

ASSL, experienced in shipbuilding since 1983, got incorporated in 1999 as a private limited company and became public in 2009. Adopting modern shipbuilding technologies and practices since inception, ASSL has attained commendable expertise in the field of use of both steel and aluminum shipbuilding. It is the first ship exporter from Bangladesh and holder of export gold trophy along with quite a few national and international quality awards.

Production area of ASSL is 80,000 sq. meters.This reasonably large private sector shipyard has a capacity of producing ships using 30,000 tons of steel a year. Its modern production facility comprises of a 200 m long Material Processing Plant fitted with Automatic Shot Blasting and Priming Plant, 5 Numerically Controlled Cutting machines and 1 Auto Edge Preparation Machine.

Its product range covers marine structure, watercraft as well as steel fabrication of reasonably complex nature. Multipurpose Container Ships, Dry Cargo Ships, Tankers of length of 150 m and or capacity 15000 DWT, Passenger Vessels, Ro-Ro Ferries and Ferries, 100 ton Pull Tugs, Dredgers, Crane Boats, Floating Workshops, Pilot Boats, Supply Ships, Survey Vessels, Inspection Craft, Fast Patrol Craft, Fishing Vessels and bi-metal Ships. Large Deck Barges, Offshore living modules, Railway Bridge girders and Flyover Girders are very much within its production range including dredging accessories and ancillary craft.