‘Hilsa Research’: An ultramodern ship proof Bangladesh’s ability
Published: 06:27 PM, 5 January 2022
MV BFRI research vessel
The ‘Hilsa Research’ ship has been built in the country by Khulna Shipyard Limited for Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute.
The ship was handed over on Tuesday afternoon. Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim was the chief guest at the handover ceremony at Khulna Shipyard Limited premises.
Speaking on the occasion, Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim said “the construction of the research ship is proof of the capability of Independent Bangladesh”. Only 11 countries in the world produce hilsa – among them, Bangladesh is at the top. We produce 80% of the total Hilsa. As a result, Hilsa has already been recognized as a Geographical Indication (GI) product in Bangladesh.
Mentioning that the life of hilsa is varied, Fisheries and Livestock Minister said hilsa is born in freshwater, spends a large part of its life in the saltwater of sea, and then moves to freshwater to lay eggs during the breeding season. Due to climate change, the life cycle of Hilsa has changed a lot. “So far, there has been no ship to study these matters. This ship will open new doors for hilsa and fish research,” he added.
Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim called upon the Fisheries Research Institute to play an effective role in hilsa production by using this modern vessel through proper maintenance.
Dr. Muhammad Yamin Chowdhury, Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Dr. Yahya Mahmud, director general of Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute, Managing Director of Khulna Shipyard Limited Commodore Khandaker Akhter Hossain, Khulna Naval Area Commander Rear Admiral M Anwar Hossain, Khulna Divisional Commissioner Md. Ismail Hossain and others were also present at the handover ceremony.
Noted that there is an ultramodern Hilsa research laboratory inside the MV BFRI research vessel which is the specialty of the ship. The length of this fishery vessel is 25 meters, width is 6 meters, depth is 2.80 meters, displacement is 90 metric tons, maximum speed is 10 nautical miles, hull material – steel and aluminum.