Bangladesh begins building cruise ships to international standards
The image shows a model for cruise ships being built by Karnafuly Ship Builders Ltd Courtesy
Ministry of Transport hopes to launch ships by 2023
The government has taken initiatives to build cruise ships to international standards, with the goal of launching them within two years.
Construction work on three cruise ships recently started on a dry dock of Karnafuly Ship Builders Ltd on the bank of the Karnaphuli River in Chittagong.
Each of those ships will be worth at least Tk77 crore, bringing the cost of the project to a total of Tk231 crore for now, officials said.
Minister of State for Navigation Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury told Dhaka Tribune that they plan to launch these ships by 2023. âThis will not only develop the country’s tourism industry, but also play a special role. in the economy. “
âEach of these ships will have all modern entertainment facilities so that a tourist can spend up to 15 days cruising in comfort. Moreover, such cruises only exist in Europe, not even in India. These ships will be able to travel to India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. ” he added.
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Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation President Syed Tajul Islam told Dhaka Tribune that according to the contract signed with Karnafuly Ship Builders Ltd, the ships will be delivered by June 2023.
“Then the International Association of Classification Societies will check the classification of the vessels before launching them,” he added.
Explaining how they would like to sign contracts with large companies to provide top notch services, Islam said, âWe are considering signing contracts with large private companies such as Sheraton, Pan Pacific Sonargaon and InterContinental to offer cruises. world class. tourists. “
According to officials, each cruise ship will have 150 cabins for passengers and 50 cabins for crew. Each cabin will have an en-suite bathroom.
In addition, there will be 20 presidential costumes for passengers.
Each ship will have all modern facilities including a 3D cinema room, two swimming pools, laundry facilities, bar, cafe, helipad, open space, poolside cafe, lounge, children’s corner and a food court.
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The helipad will allow onboard authorities to airlift any passenger to nearby hospitals if they fall ill during a cruise.
The cinemas can accommodate 60 people. They can also be used as conference rooms or for family reunions by passengers.
Bangladesh’s very first luxury cruise ship, the âMV Bay Oneâ, which operates on the Cox’s Bazar-Saint Martin route, was launched in December last year.
Karnafuly Ship Builders Ltd had imported the ship, built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, from Japan in September 2020.