Thank You Bangladesh!!!

22/05/2012 § Leave a comment

Two Years have gone now since I arrived in Bangladesh for our once little TaraTari Shipyard.

Strange feeling to look back and see all what was achieved before, and since I arrived here. This simple blog was dedicated to the follow-up of activities at TaraTari, the achievements but also the hard phases and great time.

TaraTari Shipyard, with minimum means of funds or manpower and often struggle to go ahead but despite all of that has managed so many great things over the last 10 years+

Was created out of nearly nothing:

Traditional Boats (newly built or refit) B613 (largest sailing traditional Mallar wooden boat of the country), Fleche d’Or (Panchi Boat), Patam, Big Shampan (largest and last remaining big brother of the Shampan’s familly), Small Shampan, Baich (racing traditional boat), Dinghies, and many hundreds of model boats for Bangladesh Traditional Fleet heritage preservation. Those boats are probably some of the most beautiful ship in the world and thanks to Yves and Runna, the fleet will live on. I am very lucky and grateful for having assisted in the making or refitting of those, working with the beautiful people that are the Traditional Carpenters of Bangladesh, part of the TaraTari’s Family from the beginning.

Medical Service Boats (newly built or refitted) the Emirate Friendship Hospital (EFH), Friendship Medical Houseboat, Friendship Ambulances Catamaran (2) have emerged fully on this Shipyard. Hundreds and thousands of hours of work in order to provide Bangladesh with Floating Medical Solutions for isolated areas and the poorest of those regions. Full initiative of Yves accompanied by Runna and Yves closest friends, calculations on small pocket calculators for EFH, this beautiful fleet has now been serving the people of Bangladesh for more than 10 years. Not for getting the essential piece of this history, the Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital (LFH).

LFH is the origin of the medical fleet, sailed across the world to be given to and for Bangladeshi people, River Barge from France she will have been refitted 3 time since arrival in the bay of Bengal and served countless number of people here. I have been lucky enough to be involved with her last refit, dry-dock for 4 month, that involved hours through traffic to checking at nearly all new welding of the new structure on her hull. Then cruised to Savar at TaraTari for superstructure renovation. About 20 tons of steel plates taken out and replaced with about the same amount but optimised materials, allowing us to increase by 20% the medical facility area and addition of a new third deck giving her a great new look. She is now back to sailing the rivers of Bangladesh soon back in the north to fulfil her medical task. 1 and 1/2 year of project that kept us busy, amazing example of team work and efficiency in design optimisation with the experience of Yves. Thank you for including me into it, it has been a unique experience on a technical and human side.

Fibre Composite Floating Solutions for Bangladesh. lets summarise the creations of TaraTari in that domain:

Built at TaraTari Savar until 2012 (46 units):

  • 2 Ambulances Catamaran 12m  for Friendship
  • 1 Passenger Carrier Catamaran (Same type as Ambulance but different arrangements)
  • 3 Passenger Carrier Boats ManDoris (Medical Staff Transportation for Friendship Crucell)
  • 10 Fishing Boats MasDoris for FAO
  • 6 Fishing Boats MasDoris for Friendship
  • 15 Fishing Boats MasDoris for FAO
  • 7 Children safe Carrier Boats ManDoris for UNICEF
  • 2 Shampan (displacement type)
  • 1 Prototype Shampan Speed Boat

Now Ongoing at Chittagong (35 units+):

  • 35 Fishing Boats MasDoris for FAO
  • Line of production for Shampan Speed Boat
  • 4 Shampan Speedboat
  • Line of production for Shampan  of 11m
  • 2 Shampan 11m
  • Line of production for Small Fishing Boat
  • 2 to 10 Small Fishing Boat (20ft)
  • … and more

There is not much more to add I feel it is talking for itself.

What was once a small empty field where Emirate Friendship Hospital would be created has now become one if not the largest Fibre Composite Shipyard in Bangladesh with a greatly skilled Marine Consultancy in concept and realisation of any type of boats.

Every challenge of every phase and every struggle overcame have contributed to bring TaraTari to what it is now.

Lets not forget the people of TaraTari, those people of Bangladesh. Nowhere I have seen such teamwork, commitment, dedication, respect, force and motivation during intensive phases of work. Here with the right number of people, everything is possible. It took us 60 people, 30 pairs of bamboo and jute ropes to lift aside the 60 tons of the B613 in about 15 minutes.

Bangladeshi power is its people. They achieved, accompanied by Yves so many wonderful things at TaraTari.

Having been part of it for two years was amazing and will simply be unforgettable.

There would be so many things to say, but I will stop there.

Thanks to WatEver France for sending me on the project TaraTari

Thanks to TaraTari Shipyard for welcoming me here

Thanks to the people of TaraTari, every one of them – Carpenters: Boddu, Bojon, Cartic, Bodiar, Nitail, Vanesa – Fibre: Boshir, Saidor, Joachim, Mhedi, Milon, Mazhar, Barek, Tchibo, Bashu, Manic, Russel, and the new helpers that I cannot remember their names yet – Fitter Mechanics: Shaddat, Humayun, Alumgir – The boatmen: Mujhid, Halim, Fozlu and rest of the crew – The Management: Mr Majumder, KC Roy, Mr Mukles, Shiaoli, Fozlu, and ex management that did not stay with us – and everybody else that I forgot just now.

Thanks to Alex who is taking over the accompaniment of TaraTari for the next phases

Of Course and once again thanks to Yves for welcoming me here and helping discover this entirely new world that is Bangladesh

Thank  you all and thank you Bangladesh.

I will come back soon, Inch’Halla

TaraTari Shipyard, Chittagong, Bangladesh

01/01/2012 § Leave a comment

TaraTari Shipyard is an innovative adventure starting with building  steel floating hospital, followed fibre glass fishing boats for the fishermen of south Bangladesh, also preservation of Bangladesh naval architecture heritage along with developing and transferring knowledge in the use of Fibre Glass for ship building to international quality standards.

TaraTari Consultancy is also implemented to provide advice, studies and follow up of projects involving floating solutions; based on 10 years+ experience such as Floating Hospitals, River Ambulances, River Fishing Boats, Sea Going day Fishing Boat and other products tailor made for the initiatives from International Organisations or people willing to act for the care of Bangladesh.

TaraTari R&D is always involved in domains of research such as natural fibre use, hydro energy generation, river management, cost effective steel solutions and  answers to many local problems linked to water.

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B613 Traditional Malar Boat Repairs

06/12/2011 § Leave a comment

This year, the B613, proud double square sails Malar boat, last one of her kind and largest traditional boat in Bangladesh, was under repairs at TaraTari Shipyard.

Our traditional carpenters, along with specialist of this type of boat are renovating the bottom of the hull, changing the planks after 3 years service on the country rivers.

This renovation cannot be done in a modern shipyard on a slipway because of the hull shape and construction type, it would damage it if tried.

Here comes the old traditional way of turning 60 tons over, one side after the other, to access the bottom keel of the boat.

It is an amazing thing to see for sailors or others people appreciating wooden boats.

60 tons, 60 people, 30 pairs of bamboo supporting 30 winches made out of more bamboos and jute ropes.

1 team leader synchronizing the cadence of the 60 people (2 per winches) for lifting, and the boat captain with all the responsability on his shoulders.

Human power fully representative of the spirit of the country.

And it works perfectly…!

Following are a few pictures of this incredible moment.

B613 Maitenance, Rudder positioning

07/09/2010 § Leave a comment

Today the new rudder was put into place. It is always great to see all the carpenters working on their real size boats.

Here with the B613 that they have known for so long, lifting in position the large rudder just seams so easy, executed in a matter of minutes.

The art of ship carpentry, from individual parts detail preparation to the overall assembly,  leads to an amazing  final result. Those men are truly artist in their own way, but no drawings needed, just a feel, a vision of the final, a beautiful knowledge…

Carpenter work on Dinghy repair

02/09/2010 § Leave a comment

The carpenters are about to finish the dinghy repairs.

The work has been going very fast as they enjoy it so much…

Also going on the maintenance of the B613, traditional ‘Malar’ seen in Vue du Ciel.

The rudder and mast are being renewed, getting her ready to go back to the South for cruises in the natural national reserve of the Sundarbans.

Dinghy Repair

01/09/2010 § Leave a comment

Carpenters at work on the Dinghy.

Wood changing and few repairs. This actually will be a normal routine maintenance for those kind of boats illustrating what type of care that wood involves…

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