BSC will purchase 16 vessels from China

BSC will purchase 16 vessels from China

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Dhaka-Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) will procure 16 vessels from China. Of them, six ships will be mother bulky carrier and 10 lighter bulk carriers.A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) and China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd yesterday in this regard at the shipping ministry.
Shipping minister Shajahan Khan, shipping secretary Ashok Madhab Roy and other high officials was present during the signing ceremony.
Executive director (finance) of BSC Yasmin Afsana and authorized representative of China Harbour in Bangladesh office Huang Daojun signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations.
“These vessels will carry coal for Rampal coal-based thermal power plant. These vessels will reach the country within two years as per construction agreement,” Shajahan Khan told reporters after the signing ceremony.
The BSC will collect the vessels through China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd under Chinese loan from any bank or loan assistance from any commercial organization, he added.
Each of the mother bulky carrier’s capacity would be 80,000 Deadweight tonnage (DWD), while each lighter bulk carrier capacity would be 8,000-10,000 DWD, he added.
Earlier, the BSC signed an MoU with a Chinese company to procure two mother tanker in April last. Besides, six more big vessels will be purchased for the BSC which is under process, the shipping minister said.
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has established the BSC on February 5 in 1972 in a view to strengthen the mercantile trade across the globe.
Since the inception of BSC, it procured two vessels—‘Banglar Dut’ and ‘Banglar Sampad’ in June 1972.
A total of 38 vessels were procured within 29 months since the BSC incepted in 1972.
There are now only three vessels in the BSC fleet.-STAFF REPORTER

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