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Navy hands over 8 multipurpose boats to disaster management department

Published : 02 Sep 2021 09:29 PM

A handing over ceremony was held at Dockyard and Engineering Works Ltd in Narayanganj on Thursday for successful completion and delivery of eight Multipurpose Accessible Rescue Boats built for Department of Disaster Management. 

State Minister, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, Dr. Md. Enamur Rahman was present as chief guest, said ISPR.

Secretary to the Disaster Management and Relief, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Materiel), Director General of Department of Disaster Management (DDM) and other dignitaries were present in this august event. 

Earlier on July 21, the contract was signed between Department of Disaster Management and Dockyard & Engineering Works Ltd., Bangladesh Navy, Narayanganj for the construction and delivery of sixty Multipurpose Accessible Rescue Boat in three years. 

The principal particulars of these boats are length-54 feet, breadth-12.50 feet, speed-7 knot and passenger carrying capacity 80 persons. These boats will be used for the transportation of flood affected people, house hold items and cattle. These boats also have facilities for transportation of special needs, physically challenged personnel or injured personnel from flood affected area to shelter station. The boats can also transport relief goods and serve other related purposes. 

Due to its less draft and underwater shape, it can land, beach in any disaster affected area and can perform relief operation. There are life jackets, life buoy for adults and children and wheel chair, walking ramp for physically challenged people. This project was the vision of  SaimaWazed, the daughter of  Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina and adviser of Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Management (DIDRM). 

Dockyard & Engineering Works Ltd of Bangladesh Navy has set a milestone to construct such kind of special boats by their own management which will inspire future projects of boat building. Despite Covid-19 pandemic, this organization continued it’s production by following all government imposed health protocol in order to deliver the boats timely. 

Rest of the boats will be delivered by next year as opined by the management of Dockyard & Engineering Works Ltd. The yard is committed to quality and timely completion of projects. This yard was established on the bank of river Shitalakshya in Narayanganj by the British Government in 1922. In late nineties, the yard was incurring losses and later it was handed over to Bangladesh Navy. After taken over by Bangladesh Navy, this organization had been progressing quite significantly and became government’s one of the trusted organizations.