Western Marine Shipyard

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Western Marine Shipyard Limited
Private Limited Company
Industry Shipbuilding Industry
Founded July 11, 2000 (2000-07-11)
Headquarters Chittagong, Bangladesh
Key people
Md. Saiful Islam (Chairman)
Md. Sakhawat Hossain (Managing Director)
Products Multipurpose Cargo Ships, Cargo Vessels, Tugboats, Tankers, Ferries, Port Utility Vessels, Passenger Ships, Fishing Trawlers etc
Number of employees
3500
Website http://www.wms.com.bd

Western Marine Shipyards is a Bangladeshi shipbuilding company. It was founded in 2000 and have since become the second largest Bangladeshi shipbuilder in terms of number of vessels manufactured. It focuses on designing and building vessels for private customers in addition to the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation. The firm exports completed ships and vessels to several different European countries, particularly Germany and Denmark.

Western Marine Shipyard, known as the leading shipbuilder of Bangladesh. The mother company Western Marine Services was initially formed by a group of marine professionals specialized in ship repairing & export of marine supplies. The major intention of the company’s founders was to develop a cluster of technological excellence to meet global demand of maritime industry. Gradually the company developed as a shipbuilder with its own shipyard in the eastern bank of river Karnaphuli in Chittagong in the year 2000 over a land of 1.5 acre for building inland vessels.

Today Western Marine Shipyard is the leading shipbuilder in the country standing over 42 acres of land, modernized into a world class shipyard consisting all sort of hi-tech & heavy tech machinery through an investment of Tk.300 crore. It is an employment source of 3500 manpower including skilled, semi skilled labors. More than five hundred professionals are working in the shipyard including marine, mechanical, electrical engineers, naval architects & experts on other fields. The yard gained recognition so rapid that its fame spread all over the world at a short period, as a result today they are constructing oceangoing vessels for Germany, Denmark, & Pakistan.

They have achieved remarkable international orders of shipbuilding in recent years, which are 8 MP vessels for Grona Shipping in Germany; 5 Ice-class Container Vessels for Stella Shipping in Denmark; 1 Floating Reception Vessel from LAMOR Corp. AB in Finland; 2 Passenger Vessels for Karachi Port Trust (KPT), Pakistan; & 1 Car Ferry for Hundested-Rørvig Færgefart in Denmark. Out of these foreign orders they have successfully delivered eight 5200 DWT MPC vessels to Grona Shipping, one floating reception vessel to LAMOR & two passenger ships to KPT, one car ferry & one 41000DWT MPC ship.

Western Marine Shipyard has recently received two certificates from BV; one is OHSAS 18000 for health & safety & ISO 14000 for environment. They already have ISO 9001 certificate from GL for quality. This has made them the only IMS (Integrated Management System) certified company in Bangladesh. This has enhanced them in gaining more confidence to secure greater share from the international market.

They have built more than 60 ships for coastal & inland use & newbuilding of more than 30 ships are in progress which includes deep sea fishing trawlers, port utility vessels, tugs, inland container ships, inland tankers & passenger ships. Recently they have signed contract for building one aluminum body passenger ship for Tanzania. This will be catamaran type designed ship with twin hull. During 2013, WMS entered in a deal with KR Shipping Limited for the construction of luxurious cruise ship with carrying capacity of 1,800 people. The company is based in Chittagong.

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