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Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Bangladeshi Seafarers

Staff Reporter

The Bangladeshi seafarers after attaining skills through undertaking specialised training can capture the potential jobs in the ocean going vessels run by foreign operators.

Speakers made the observation at a function organised on Monday to mark the certificate giving ceremony of the first batch of the pre-sea cadets of Bangladesh Maritime Training Institute, a private one, at Agrabad commercial hub in the Chittagong city. Director general of the Shipping department, AKM Shafiullah, attended the function as chief guest.

The function was also addressed, among others, by Koji Yamada, managing director of the Unix Line Ltd, Kenji Arima, executive director of the Tokyo Marine Co Ltd, M Nishizumi, general manager of the First Marine Services Co Ltd, Jaki Ahad, principal of the Bangladesh Maritime Training Institute, and Rumanna Haque Chowdhury, director of the Haque and Sons Ltd.

AKM Shafiullah in his address stressed the need of specialised training for the Bangladeshi seafarers to build up their bright career in foreign shipping sector.

'We are a traditional seafaring nation with long background. Our seafarers can do very well in the ocean going vessels,' he said. 'Such a training programme can develop our human resources to secure employments in foreign shipping lines,' he added.

He called for maintaining the safety procedure strictly at the time of working inside the vessels. 'Most of the ship accidents occurred due to human errors. So safety measures should be the first priority for seafarers,' he also said.

From the first batch of the institute, 16 cadets were employed by Japanese shipping companies, officials said.

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