Ananda Shipyard and Slipways delivered a 2,774 deadweight tonnage fuel replenishing oil tanker to Bangladesh Navy yesterday.
Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan attended the ceremony at Meghnaghat in Narayanganj.
Ananda was awarded the contract for the tanker--BNS Khanjahan Ali--after it qualified technically and financially in a competitive international tender participated by 11 shipyards from Europe and Asia, the shipbuilder said in a statement. “This was the first ever order received by any Bangladeshi shipyard for a special naval vessel through international competitive tender.”
The 80-metre-long tanker can sustain sea state 5 in refuelling operation in a war field and can refuel two war ships simultaneously, keeping all the three ships on the move, according to the statement.
“It can go 24.5km per hour with full load and is equipped with features like unmanned machinery and unrestricted navigation.”
The minister praised the shipbuilding activities of Ananda and mentioned its contribution in making Bangladesh known to the world as a shipbuilding nation.
He also assured them of providing continuous support of his government to develop the sector further.
Abduallhel Bari, chairman of Ananda Shipyard, expressed his gratitude to Bangladesh Navy and the government for placing this order with Ananda and trusting its technical prowess.
Afruja Bari, managing director of the shipyard, and Md Monjurul Islam, lawmaker from Gaibandha-1, were also present.