Damen to develop Bangladeshi shipbuilding

Gentium Solutions from Australia and Damen Shipyards Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Industry of Bangladesh in Dhaka to develop shipbuilding and ship repair capabilities in the south Asian country.

The companies will now set about developing a yard for shipbuilding and repair in the country with an eye to serving the export market. The site chosen is 105 acres of land in in southern Patuakhali.

Damen Shipyards Asia Pacific director Roland Briene commented, “Damen has a long track record of skills and knowledge transfer of which we are immensely proud. It is our philosophy and practice to help develop the shipbuilding and maritime industries in the countries in which we operate. This includes investing in the establishment of high quality facilities and equipment and the training of local personnel. Time and again we have witnessed this leading to the establishment of sustainable shipbuilding initiatives able to serve the global marketplace.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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