Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan on Wednesday launched a software for Inland Ship Management System (SISMS) as part of government’s effort to modernise Department of Shipping.
According to the ministry sources, as a result of using the automated system, vessel owners now will be able to secure survey certificate for their ships by applying online. Bangladeshi sailors working in different seagoing vessels will also be able to verify their certificates from any part of the world.
“The present government is working relentlessly to protect and keep the waterways operational, ensuring safety in waterways and to develop the standard of passenger service. We have created 156 more posts in Department of Shipping. We have created 21 posts of surveyors to survey vessels. Process to appoint 12 new shipping inspectors is at its fag end,” the minister said at the launching function held at BIWTA auditorium in the capital, reports BSS.
Shahjahan Khan further said the government is going to modernise lighthouses in Cox’s Bazar, Saint Martin and Kutubdia, establish new lighthouses in Nijhum Dwip, Dhalchar, Dublarchar and Kuakata and coastal radio station under Global Maritime Distress and Safety System and Integrated Maritime Navigation System.
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