Launch of first Bangladesh-flagged vessel built under IRClass

Unichart Navigation Limited's 3,200dwt <i>ROKNOOR-32</i> General Cargo vessel is the first Bangladesh-flagged vessel to be constructed under IRClass. (Image: IRClass)Unichart Navigation Limited’s 3,200dwt ROKNOOR-32 General Cargo vessel is the first Bangladesh-flagged vessel to be constructed under IRClass. (Image: IRClass)

The launch of ROKNOOR-32 at Delta Shipyard in Chattogram, Bangladesh for Dhaka-based shipowner Unichart Navigation Limited marked the first instance of a Bangladesh-flagged vessel being constructed under the classification of the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass).

The 82.5-metre long General Cargo vessel is the first in a series of five vessels. The vessel is designed to meet the latest IMO conventions and codes for worldwide operations, the classification society noted in a press release.

The vessel is the latest to have been built under IRClass’ classification and delivered during the current pandemic. IRClass’ efforts to ensure that work was delivered during the pandemic were recognised by the shipyard.

The Executive Director of Delta Shipyard, Mr. Syed Monzur Hossain said: “We will like to thank IRClass for all the support provided during this pandemic. The timely approval of plans allowed the construction to proceed smoothly and the team’s unsurpassed attention to detail ensured that any issues were resolved early on in the process.” 

Mr. Amit Bhatnagar, Regional Manager East Coast of India and Bangladesh for IRClass commented: “I am delighted with our team in Bangladesh who have worked tirelessly during this period to facilitate the successful construction and launch of the vessel. The team has been very committed from the start and quickly adapted to the “new normal” of safety measures, implemented to allow safe operations for both our clients and surveyors.”


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