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Maritime Boundary

Western Marine begins work on Kenyan patrol vessel

Western Marine begins work on Kenyan patrol vessel

Western Marine Shipyard yesterday started building an offshore patrol vessel worth $20 million for the Department of Fisheries of Kenya. Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan inaugurated the construction work with a keel laying ceremony held at the shipyard on the bank of river Karnaphuli in Patiya. The specialised vessel will patrol the maritime boundary of Kenya,...

Western Marine to build $20m vessel for Kenya

Western Marine will build a specialised third generation offshore patrol vessel worth $20 million for the Kenyan government. The ship will ensure security at the maritime boundary of the African country. The leading Bangladeshi shipbuilder will start building the vessel today, as Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan is scheduled to inaugurate the work with a keel laying ceremony at the shipyard on the bank of river Karnaphuli in Patiya. Western Marine received the order through Danish firm JGH Marine A/S on January 23...

Maritime Boundary

Disputes resolved only for AL

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that if the Awami League was not voted to power in the 2008 and 2014 general elections, Bangladesh could not win the international courts' verdicts over maritime boundary disputes with Myanmar and India. "Questions could be raised whether the previous governments except the one led by the Awami League and myself would ever dare file cases over maritime boundary disputes with India and Myanmar. The BNP didn't have the courage even for demanding the...

Marine resources in our maritime boundary

THE sea is a mystery to most people of Bangladesh. The waves, fish and ships are the ornaments of the sea. People love being at the sea beach and enjoy bathing in the sea and hearing the sound of the mighty waves. Bangladesh has won legal battles over the Bay of Bengal but how far do we comprehend the victory? How much do the common people know about it to cheer the achievements?   On July 7, the International Arbitration...

Maritime boundary settlement: For whom?

Maritime boundary settlement: For whom?

After the verdict delivered by the UN's Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) based in The Hague, Netherlands, a 40-year-old dispute on India and Bangladesh's maritime boundaries in the Bay of Bengal came to an end. The court settled the issue by demarcating the sea area according to international maritime law, submission and arguments...

Commentary

A job well done

When a government indulges in habitual cacophony of self praise on anything and everything it does, it runs the risk of failing to be lauded when something praise worthy happens.  A case in point is the latest judgment by the Netherlands-based Permanent Court of  Arbitration (PCA)  on demarcating our maritime boundary vis a vis our by far the more significant neighbour of the two that we have.  Once again the significance of this very important judgment is being lost...

Settled maritime boundaries and gas exploration

BANGLADESH had disputed maritime boundaries with Myanmar in the east and India in the west ever since its independence. Two landmark verdicts given by two international courts have put an end to these long-drawn disputes between the three neighbouring nations. On March 14, 2012, the Germany-based International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) settled the dispute between Bangladesh and Myanmar by refixing the maritime boundary between these two nations. On July 7, 2014, another international court, the...

Editorial

Auspicious development

THE judgement of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at Hague has upheld what we consider to be the legitimate maritime boundary of Bangladesh. Through this verdict, justice has been done to both sides truly marking a triumph of international legal instruments. We thank India that is has taken recourse to arbitration which requires all parties to concur in the process. Delimitation of maritime boundary through arbitration has basically removed the possibility of casting a shadow over bilateral relations on this...

Maritime Dispute

Verdict likely Tuesday

The Netherlands-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) is likely to deliver its judgment on the maritime boundary dispute between Bangladesh and India on Tuesday. A Bangladeshi diplomatic source confirmed the date. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to make any public comment on the issue. The foreign ministry in Dhaka would not make any comment in this regard. Quoting a lawyer and PCA sources, a Toronto-based media outlet - notundesh.com - said the verdict would be announced...

5 ‘Myanmarese’ boatmen killed in Bay firing

5 ‘Myanmarese’ boatmen killed in Bay firing

Five people were killed and at least 151 injured in a trawler carrying 330 people illegally to Malaysia, when traffickers fired gunshots at the migrators, 12 kilometers off the St Martin’s island in south-east Bay of Bengal this afternoon. The Bangladesh Coast Guard rescued the trawler and brought it back to St Martin Island's...

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