Khulna Shipyard a commercial enterprise of the Bangladesh Navy, which over the years has been developed into a leading ship building and repair organization. It also undertakes marine services as well as manufacturing of engineering items in order to support the country's industry including power sector. The Shipyard works directly under the NHQ. It's purpose is to help the customers in their maritime operations through the effective repair/maintenance boats and vessels. This is achieved by the development and construction of functional vessels, which is carried out in continuous consultation with maritime operators. These ships are specially designed and built to meet the operational and commercial needs of present and future customers. Total Quality Management system has been introduced on the basis of which Lloyds Register of shipping certificate is issued.
The construction works of KSY started in 1954 under supervision of the EPIDC with the technical support of West Germany. After completion of works, production started on 27 Nov 1957. A British firm was appointed as consultant. Later another firm from Switzerland was appointed for the same job. Their contract was over in 1967. Afterwards the KSY was running by its own expert engineers both technically and administratively. The enterprise was once upon a time very prestigious organization of the southern part of the country. The project started production in 1957 with loss and could not make any profit during the first five years of operation. From 1962-68 the company showed little profit margin. Again from 1969-73 it suffered loss.
The period 1973-84 can be termed as golden period for the shipyard where it suffered no loss and the highest amount of profit was in 1976-77 fiscal year. It had the working capability of 5041 tons of steel. After 1984 until the Navy took over, the shipyard remained as a sick industry and there was no sign of profit. Various types of vessels like Gun Boat, Cargo Vessels, Floating Cranes, Water barge, Water Boat, Tug, Oil Tanker, pontoon, LCT, Trawlers, Launch etc, have so far been constructed /repaired / renovated with reputation. Besides these, many heavy duty spares for different industries have also been made by this organization. It's versatile dock facilities can accommodate a good no of ships at a time for repair or rebuilding.
This turned into a losing concern due to multiple reasons. Of the many reasons the most prominent one is that so far no Balancing Modernizing Rehabilitation and Expansion (BMRE) has been conducted due to lack of capital. As a result the overall infrastructure has been almost collapsed. Most of the qualified officers and skill workers have left this organization at various stages. From this state the Shipyard was handed over to BN on 03 October 1999 by the honorable Prime Minister of the People Republic of Bangladesh. Rescue of this organization from this deplorable state is no doubt a challenging task for BN.
Khulna Shipyard was established in the best traditions of steel boat construction in the year 1957. Thus, the further skills and experience gained over more than 46 years of ship design and construction ensure continuity of traditional quality and craftsmanship. In 1957 Khulna Shipyard started construction of tugs, work boats and other commercial craft to standard design. Since then Khulna Shipyard has built, renovated and repaired more than 2300 vessels. Khulna Shipyard is currently committed to the design and new building of a wide range of tugs, work boats and other specialized vessels and cargo vessels with a deadweight of 2000 tons.
The assembly and outfitting area ensure a good working environment for high quality construction and tight schedules. These shipbuilding areas have ample space and equipment for the simultaneous outfitting of sixteen medium size vessels.
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