The state run Bangladesh Shipping Corporation has only three vessels and one of those had already went out of order, shipping minister Shajahan Khan said on Sunday.
The dilapidated vessel cannot be repaired as it would not be commercially viable, Shahjahan Khan said while replying to Awami League lawmaker Pinu Khans’ query.
In the scripted answer, Shahjahan Khan said process is underway to sell this vessel as it is considered commercially non-profitable.
He also mentioned that Bangladesh Shipping Corporation earned a total of Tk 1055.65 crore in last five years.
The minister said a loan agreement was signed on October 14 last year with China to procure six vessels.
In reply to another question of Jatiya Party lawmaker, the shipping minister said a consultancy firm of Japan, Pacific Consultants International, had submitted a feasibility study on construction of deep sea port at Sonadia in Cox’s Bazar.
The consultancy firm recommended construction of the deep sea port in three phases, he said.
‘Construction of the first phase of the sea port will take five years. Plans were set to complete the second and third phases by 2035 and 2055 respectively,’ he added.
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