overall activities

BIWTC: Reflections on overall activities

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) was established under Presidential Order No. 28 in 1972. The affairs of the Corporation are managed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors consists of Chairman and four Directors. They are full-time officers of the Corporation. The Chairman and other Directors are appointed by the Government. The Chairman is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Corporation.

All management activities are done through the instructions and guidance of the directors. The directors are discharging their duties under the jurisdictions of departments such as:

  1. Director (Admin),
  2. Director (Technical),
  3. Director (Commercial),
  4. Director (Finance).

Under the Director (Technical), there are GM (Engineering) and GM (Marine).  GM (Marine) takes care of the Navigation and other marine activities, whereas GM (Engineering) is in the charge of repairing, maintenance and rehabilitation of existing water vessels. There is a CMC (Chief Marine Construction) where the constructions of new water vessels are building under this division. Planning Cell also perform under control of Director (Technical). Chief Planning Manager deals the development projects of the organization under this division.

Under this present Government period already BIWTC has constructed 7(seven) new ferries, which are now running in the present water traffic.   It is mentioned here that BIWTC is now building two numbers of passenger vessel with a capacity of 750 passengers. The existing passenger vessels (paddle Steamer) were building and took in traffic since 1930’s and no any such type of passenger vessels are not building as before.

At the first time of Bangladesh history, BIWTC build water buses and which are now running in the water traffic of Dhaka city circular water ways. This type of facility become possible by the initiative of our Hon’ble Shipping Minister Md. Shahjahan Khan, MP.

As a part of digitization program of present Government, BIWTC is now trying to establishing e-ticketing systems at the different ferry- ghats to transparent the existing revenue collection system. BIWTC is already setting out 47 numbers of VTS (Vessel Tracking System) instruments in the major vessels through the Grameen Phone. From this system now it is possible to lookout the activities where and how the vessels are running in different places of water traffic.

Functions of BIWTC
BIWTC is a service oriented commercial organization in the public sector. Since its creation, it has been playing a vital role in the inland and coastal water ways by carrying of passengers, cargo and vehicles. The functions of BIWTC are as follows:

  1. To provide services for safe transportation of passenger and cargo in inland and coastal water ways.
  2. To provide services for transportation of vehicles in the waterways.
  3. To operate safe transport services for transportation of passenger and cargo between mainland and off-shore islands, where thousands of people are living.
  4. To provide services in the uneconomic routes as Public Service Obligation (PSO).
  5. To render any other emergency services at time of national needs.
  6. To maintain dockyard and repair yard for repair and renovation of vessels engaged in the above mentioned activities.

With the aim of transforming BIWTC into a commercially viable organization, in accordance with the strategic plan of the IDA proposed IWT-III project the BIWTC has been transformed unit basis organization and it is performing its activities with the following units:-

  1. Ferry Service Unit.
  2. Passenger Service Unit.
  3. Cargo Service Unit.
  4. Ship Repair Service Unit.

Brief descriptions regarding activities of the above units are as follows:

Ferry Service Unit
BIWTC is providing day/night ferry services in the following routes to connect Northern and Southern regions with the Eastern region of the country by bridging the road gaps:

Name of Routes/Services
I

Paturia

Kazirhat

Paturia

II

Paturia

Daulatdia

Paturia

III

Mawa

Charjanajat

Mawa

IV

Mawa

Kathalbari

Mawa

V

Chandpur

Shariatpur

Chandpur

VI

Bhola

Laxmipur

Bhola

VII

Laharhat

Veduria

Laharhat

The above ferry services are being operated by different categories of self-propelled and dumb ferries including Ro-Ro ferries. The particulars of vessels engaged under this unit are as follows:-

Type of vessel

No. of Commercial vessel

No. of Auxiliary vessel

Total vessel

Ro-Ro Ferry

13

13

K-Type Ferry

12

12

Dumb Ferry

8

8

Utility Type Ferry

2

2

Medium Ferry

4

4

Small Ferry

2

2

Tug

12

12

Pontoon

14

14

Total

53

14

67

Passenger Service Unit

BIWTC is responsible for operation of passenger services both in inland water routes and in the coastal areas & off-shore islands of the country. Those off-shore islands are inhabited by crores of people & are also growing populous day by day. Waterways are the only communication media for the people of the region for carrying out their day-to-day socio-economic activities. But till to day no proper passenger service could have been opened in the area by the private sector.

As such the responsibility for operation of the passenger vessels in the region has been vested upon with BIWTC for a long time on behalf of the Government as a Public Service Obligation (PSO).

Passenger Service Unit is mainly engaged in carrying passengers in the inland waterways, coastal areas and off-shore islands. Vessels of this unit are plying in the following routes:

Name of Routes/Services

Inland

  1. Dhaka-Khulna Rocket Service

Coastal

  1. Chittagong-Barisal Steamer Service
  2. Chittagong-Hatiya Steamer Service
  3. Daulatkhan – Char Alexander Sea-truck Service
  4. Kumira-Guptachara LCT Serivce
  5. Hatiya-Char Bata Sea-truck Service
  6. Char Changa-Char Bata Sea-truck Service
  7. Manpura-Shashiganj Sea-truck Service.
  8. Barisal-Mozuchowdhuryhat Sea-truck Service.
  9. Kaliya-Nazirpur Sea-truck Service.
  10. Alexander-Mirjakalu Sea-truck Service.
  11. Teknaf-Sent Martin Tourist Sea-truck Service.

The vessels plying under this unit as on 23.05.2004 are as follows:-

Type of vessel

No. of Commercial vessel

No. of Auxiliary vessel

Total vessel

Paddle Steamer

4

4

Other vessel

22

22

Water bus/ Taxi

7

7

Total

33

12

45

Cargo Service Unit: previously, Cargo Service Unit of BIWTC is mainly responsible for carrying of various kinds of commodities like food, food grains, Jute & jute goods cement, clinker, fuel and petroleum products from Chittagong and MonglaPort to different inland river ports of the country. In addition, cargo vessels also send to kolkata (India) port under the Inter country transit and trade protocol agreement between the two countries. These commodities are transported by the Coasters, Tankers and barges of the Unit. But from 6-7 years before the cargo services are running by the private charter party.

Ship Repair Service Unit: Under Ship Repair Service Unit there are 4 dockyards and one Floating Dock located at Narayanganj for repair and maintenance of Corporation’s own vessels. To make the dockyard a profit centre, steps have been taken to undertake repair works of private vessels also. At present dockyard-1, dockyard-2 and floating dock are good running for repairing and maintenance of different vessels of BIWTC. Every year a good numbers of ferries and passenger vessels repairing and maintenance works   are done here. The repairing and maintenance works of the vessels are fully done by technical unit officers and staffs of BIWTC, where working performance of BIWTC workers are remarkable and which is appreciated by our present honable Shipping Minister  Md. Shahjahan Khan, MP in his speech at the time of this dockyard visit.

For attending emergency repair works, facilities are also available at Aricha, Mawa, Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong and Chandpur, where the running repair and maintenance works are also done.

It may be mentioned here that there is a Fibre Glass Factory under this Unit (dockyard-3) which produces quality products such as speed boat, hull, helmet, chair and various type of house hold furniture.

A) Annual Development Programme (2012-2013)                                                                 (In lakh Tk.)

Sl.

Name of the projects

 

Estimated Cost

RADP Allocation in

Progress in 2012-13

Financial

physical

1

2

3

4

5

6

1

Rehabilitation of 6 Ro-Ro ferries, 2 K-type ferries and 6 Pontoons of BIWTC

(1st Revised).

7397.69

60% GOB

40% BIWTC

470.00

466.87

4.15%

2

Construction of Ro-Ro ferry, Ro-Ro pontoon, K-Type ferry and Utility Type-1 ferry and pontoon for BIWTC (1st Revised) (Adjusted).

10222.00

60% GOB

40% BIWTC

1330.00

1330.00

38.61%

3

Procurement/Construction of 4Nos. 108 TEU’s Self Propelled Multi-Purpose Inland Container Vessels.

13779.00

JDCF

5.00

4

Construction of 1 Ro-Ro ferry and 1 Ro-Ro Pontoon for operation in Chandpur-Shariatpur ferry route.

3370.00

80% GOB

20% BIWTC

2.00

 

Total

 

1807.00

1796.87

 

 

B) BIWTC’s Own Financed projects (2012-2013)                                                                  (In lakh Tk.)

Sl.

Name of the projects

 

Estimated Cost

Progress in 2012-13

Financial

physical

1

2

3

4

5

1

Construction of 4 No. additional Water Buses for operation in circular water route.

300.00

148.61

85%

2

Construction of 2 Nos. Passenger Vessels for BIWTC for operation in the Inland River Routes.

5143.52

2055.31

57%

3

Construction of High-Rise Head Office Building Complex of BIWTC at 5, Dilkusha C/A, Dhaka.

3020.00

4

Construction of 4 No. additional Water Buses for operation in circular water route.

500.00

 

Total

 

2203.92

 

C) Projects Submitted to Planning Commission for Approval:                                             (In lakh Tk.)

Name of the projects

 

Estimated Cost

Present implementation stage

1

2

3

  1. Construction of Passenger Vessels for providing efficient passenger services in Chittagong-Sandwip-Hatiya-Barisal Coastal route.

 

5588.00

PEC meeting held on 18.02.2013. Following the decision of PEC meeting, recanted DPP has been sent to the MOS vide BIWTC’s letter No.18.151.014.09.01.475 (4).1990-67 dated 22.05.2013.
  1. Acquisition of 2 Nos. New Passenger Vessels for operation in  Dhaka- Barisal Inland River Route

4525.00

Recasted DPP sent to the Planning commission through MOS on 19-11-2012 for approval.

 

D) Future Plan

Ferry Sector

Sl. Name of the projects

  1.  Rehabilitation of Ro-Ro ferry Bir Shreshto Jahangir and Bhasha Shahid Barkat from BIWTC’s own fund.
  2.  Procurement and installation of Hi-Tech Navigation System at Paturia and Mawa ferry Route and 4 Ferry Ships for uninterrupted operation (Pilot Project) during the period of fog and rain.
  3.  Construction/Acquisition of 2 coastal ferries and 2 pontoons with stable ramp for operation in Bhola- L u x m i p u r F e r r y R o u t e .
  4. Conversion of main engines of some major ferries of BIWTC into CNG driven engines.
  5.  Procurement of navigational equipments i.e. 20 rudders, 20 VHF radio equipment, 10 nos. gyro compass, 15 nos. standard magnatic compass, 25 nos. echo sounder, 25 nos. GPS, 5 nos. GMDSS set, 200 nos. for light, 20 nos. RT Set, 50 Nos. AIS for ferries and passenger vessels.
  6.  Integration of Mawa and Aricha ferry sector with BIWTC Head Office to monitor ferry vessel movement through Hi-tech Electronic Communication system.
  7.  Procurement of weigh bridge and wrecker for ferry sector.

Passenger Sector

  1.  Procurement of 2 Nos. coastal passenger-cum-ferry for operation in coastal belt.
  2.  Construction of 2 Nos. Cyclone Shelter cum passenger terminal at Terminal No.1 and 2 in Chittagong.
  3.  Construction of 1 Tourist Vessel for operation in Teknaf-St. Martin route.
  4.  Procurement and Installation of 2 Nos. hydraulic extendable boarding bridge for safe disembarkation at Chittagong and Barisal terminal.
  5.  Acquisition of additional 4 Sea-Trucks for BIWTC.
  6.  Construction and Development of Chittagong Passenger Terminal of BIWTC (Procurement of 1 Pontoon, 1baily bridge, 4 spud, earth work and concrete jetty, passenger sheds etc.)
  7.  Construction of 5 Nos. Rocket ghat pontoons.
  8.  Construction of 4 No. water buses in phases

Cargo Sector

  1.  Procurement/Construction of 4 Nos. shallow drafts oil Tanker for BIWTC.
  2.  Acquisition of 8 Nos. container vessels in Phases.

Others

  1.  Procurement/Installation of modern equipment facilities for increasing the efficiency of BIWTC’s Dockyards (4 dockyards and Fiber Glass Factory).
  2.  Procurement of 2 Nos. fire fighting-cum-Salvage tug for BIWTC.
  3.  Procurement of 2 Nos. Motor rescue boat.
  4.  Establishment of a floating dock at Paturia Sector.

IT Sector

  1.  Computerized ticketing system in all sector of BIWTC.
  2.  Automation and integrating of inventory management among all stores.

Land Utilization

  1.  Construction of commercial condominium at Farely House at 24, Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue
  2.  Construction of commercial-cum-apartment complex on sharing basis at 85 Sirajuddowla Road, Narayanganj
  3.  Construction of apartment complex of 3, 4 Isha Kha Road, Narayanganj
  4.  Construction of residential building of Gulshan House.
  5.  Construction of godown chittagong terminal No. 1&2
  6.  Extension of Badamtali ghat shopping complex.
  7.  Construction of High-rise Office-cum-Commercial Complex at CL Bhaban and New Banglow at Khulna.
  8.  Construction of market, go down and residential complex at Barisal land, Barisal.