Shipbuilding History of Bangladesh
I was surprised by the fact that Bangladesh has a strong background in building ships since ancient times.
I realized that it is quite natural in that Bangladesh has more than 200 rivers with a total length of about 22,155km plus a long coast line on the Bay of Bengal.
It is little known today that Bangladesh was the center of building ocean-going vessels in Asia between the 15th and 17th century.
In the early 19th century, the shipyards of Chittagong built many commercial ships of up to 1,000 tons and also British navy vessels that participated in the battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
Due to this historic prosperous background and also a natural geographical advantage, there are presently more than 200 shipbuilding and ship-repair yards in Bangladesh.
Among them ASSL and WMS, which are the most modern and largest shipyards in Bangladesh.
Both of them are well organized in terms of production and assembly flow lines, and that the facilities (welding, steel cutting and design office software) and their size (up to about 10,000 tons) are pretty good.