Date of Award
Master of Science in Maritime Affairs
Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration
Because of the complex and extensive river network, Bangladesh has a large inland shipping fleet in addition to its ocean-going and fishing fleets. All three of these fleets are important to the economy of the country and so too is the ship repair industry that supports them. Repair facilities for ocean-going ships represent a recent development in the country's economy and still need many improvements in order that they may meet the needs of the national fleet and other ships calling at Bangladesh ports. The repair facilities for inland shipping including fishing fleet are much older but also need great improvement to meet national requirements. In order to assess the need for improvement of the ship repair facilities, it is necessary first to assess the present positions and current trends of Bangladesh fleets. These preliminary assessments are made in this paper; then the assessments of the repair facilities are made, and suggestions for improvement offered, for each of the repair yards. Finally, the problems facing the industry are identified and suggestions are offered to overcome them.