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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Champan No 2 launched…

17/05/2011 § Leave a comment

The fibre glass Champan number 2 was launched at TaraTari.

Here are a few pictures of it.

More productions are planned this year to be delivered in Dhaka and Chittagong areas for passenger carrier purpose.

Champan launch and trials

10/02/2011 § Leave a comment

The very first fibre glass Champan was launched at TaraTari shipyard.

Basic version is now on trials prior to a first batch order.  In this first steps the boat is running well with engine or sail. Decent speed was reached as predicted in the preliminary stage of the construction, plus, the boat being high on the water under lightweight loading allows to project and validate already her future heavy carriage use.

More detailed pictures and descriptions after finalisation of detail design. But it is looking good so far.

Followings are the first images of the launch and trial.

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Champan type boat main Characteristics:

  • Length = 6.9m
  • Beam = 2.0m
  • Draught = 0.3m

Basic Version characteristics:

  • Engine: diesel china 8hp – 1.5 to 2.5 litres/hour
  • Speed (lightweight) : 5.8 knots
  • Speed (18 people load): 5.5 knots
  • Lightweight: 500kg
  • Full displacement (prediction): 2.0-2.5 tons

2 position rigging (under developments):

  • Single main sail
  • Double sail (main+genaker)

Single Sail use speed (light wind conditions) : 4.5 knots

Champan Structural Mesh

30/10/2010 § Leave a comment

Out of its new mould, the internal mesh production was looking very good.

The pasting of it within the hull will be done in the coming days; first basic version of Champan expected afloat in the next couple of weeks.

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TaraTari yard

30/10/2010 § Leave a comment

TaraTari v1.2

Always in evolution for the last few month TaraTari is significantly increasing the production capacity.

Manpower has been doubled, the fishing boat production means also doubled so from now on the fibre work production will allow 2 boat at a time, completed in 10 to 12 days. A significant improvement to ensure a decent production rate for the 2 ongoing productions; 10 boats for the FAO (UN) project and 6 for Friendship Luxembourg.

The Champan line is now comprising the internal structure mould and the newly improved hull mould.

Our “little” shipyard is now growing up.

Next step, TaraTari v2.0 on the other side of the river…

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When Carpenter meet Fibre

11/07/2010 § Leave a comment

Carpenters are shaping the plug of the Champan’s internal structure mould.

In a few days stratification will start to create the mould.

Final step will be to create our structure with the equivalent finish of skilled carpenters but strength of fibre glass. The use of wood skills in doing such work is a major chance for TaraTari as the gathered carpenters are probably the best ones left in Bangladesh and put a lot of themselves into this ‘intriguing’ work we do…

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