The Financial Express – Ship breakers pledge to improve working environ at shipyards

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12 October 2015 - A team of experts from the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) and NORAD (Norwegian Agency for Development Corporation) has laid emphasis on more training and experience-sharing in the ship-recycling industry.

The IMO and NORAD experts held a meeting with office- bearers of Bangladesh Ship Breakers Association (BSBA) on Saturday and exchanged views on training of the workers in the ship-breaking and recycling industry in Chittagong and improvement of working atmosphere in the ship-recycling yards.

Safe and environmentally-sound ship-recycling in Bangladesh Phase-1 is already under implementation in the ship-recycling yards of Chittagong with financial support from the Norwegian donor agency, NORAD.

Welcoming the expert delegation in Chittagong, the BSBA president MA Taher said the ship breaking and yard-owners have already set up an institute for workers’ training, where foreign experts in the field are providing training. The BSBA will soon start medical services through the BSBA Hospital, he said.

Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Industries and national project director of the SENSREC Yasmeen Sultana said the government is determined to improve the ship-breaking and recycling industry atmosphere.

“The yard owners should engage properly trained personnel in the yard and maintain compliance,” she said.

Associate Professor of World Maritime University Professor Captain Raphael Baumler said the rapidly- expanding Bangladesh ship-breaking industry must share its experience and knowledge with those working in the field in the external world.

This consortium of the IMO and NORAD has been established to achieve that objective, he said.

He emphasised the safety, protection and development of the ship-recycling sector.

Besides, the industry owners should abide by the rules of the government of Bangladesh and meet the global challenges.

German expert Henning Gramann observed that proper training should be given to the workers as per Hong Kong Convention for development of the sector.

The expert from Turkey Professor Gokdeniz Neser shared his experience in Turkish ship-recycling sector, while Indian expert Dharmesh Zani gave a brief description of how he is training the Bangladeshi workers in the ship-recycling sector.

Vice president of the BSBA Amjad Hossain Chowdhury promised to work in collaboration with the IMO and NORAD for the improvement of working atmosphere in the shipyards.

BSBA executive member Md Salauddin, NUM Jahangir Chowdhury, Md Lokman, Ashikur Rahman Laskar, member Jahangir Alam Chowdhury also spoke on the occasion. The meeting decided to open a website of the BSBA.

Director of Environment in Chittagong Md Moqbul Hossain, Bangladesh Marine Academy (BMA) Commandant Sajid Hossain, chief of nautical studies Captain Kazi ABM Shamim, Associate Professor of CU Economics department Md Nurun Nabi, BUET Professor Dr. MM Golam Zakaria, engineer of HR Ship Management Ltd Mahbubur Rahman and chief captain of BSBA Training Institute SM Moula were present in the meeting.