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


Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital Finished

31/01/2012 § Leave a comment

Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital was finalised in February 2012!

1.5 year of refitting for her third life phase. The new Floating Hospital is now operational.

Awaiting the official ceremony LFH is operating outside of Dhaka in Savar District to provide medical care for the poor people in need for the 3 to 5 symbolic Takas (0.03 0.05 Euros).

Male and Female Medical Doctors, Paediatric Unit, Dentistry, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Ward (preparation room), Eye Operation Theatre, General Operation Theatre, Sterilization Unit, all are up and already running.

For the last 10 years LFH has seen nearly 1 million patient, along with the more recent Emirate Friendship Hospital.

This year, her new refit is completed to fulfil the next 15 years of operation in the north of the country, on the Brahmaputra river Chars Island

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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Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital last phase

06/12/2011 § Leave a comment

The renovation of Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital (LFH) is in its last sprint.

One year was required from dry-docking to final fittings of the newly dressed French river barge.

Now the final fittings are ongoing, touch of decoration for the ready spaces, medical equipement being fitted by Friendship, etc…

LFH is planned to be operational within the next few weeks, 2 weeks trial will be required to ensure she is re-operational for the next 10 years.

Here are a few pictures of the updates of the last few month.

A third new deck has been completed, generators fitted and running, water lines and electric network in final phase, internal dressing/partitioning of medical and crew decks.

Great improvements on the previous hospital. Gain of 20 percent area for the medical deck, improved medical care capacity and facilities, LFH is still equipped with the followings:

  • Pediatric room
  • Women General Practice room
  • Man General Practice room
  • Ophthalmology room
  • Dentistry unit
  • Pathology Laboratory
  • X-Ray room
  • Dark room
  • Ward Preparation and Recovery room
  • Eye Operation Theater (capacity 2 patients)
  • General Operation Theater (capacity 2 patients)
  • Sterilisation Unit (between the 2 OTs)

Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital at TaraTari

06/11/2010 § Leave a comment

The LFH has set sail to TaraTari shipyard last week.

A nice cruise without troubles for 8 hours up the river from Bhadja shipyard, though Dhaka old city and finally Shavar.

The new hull shape did not slow down or alter the cruising speed of this old French river barge.

TaraTari  Shipyard is having now 3 month work on the superstructure with making a new outer walkway, walls shifting, and addition of a second deck…

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Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital Launch

01/10/2010 § Leave a comment

This is it, the new LFH has been launched.

The underwater work has finished after 3 month work.

The TaraTari and Friendship team was happy to see the final result and great improvement done on the barge. Next step is to bring the boat to the TaraTari yard for supervision of the superstructure extension.

Modification of underwater part in numbers:

  • 60 tons volume added
  • 12 tons of  steel used
  • 120+ structural frames cut/welded
  • 6 watertight compartment on either sides
  • 35 cm less draught
  • 0 degree list afterwards

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LFH Before and After

01/10/2010 § Leave a comment

Comparison of the barge stability before and after extension work.

The original waterline mark shows the stability condition and large list to starboard side due to mistakes done by the previous shipyard 15 years ago. After this new work on the extension, weights have been re-centred, volumes and centre of floatation have been improving the overall stability of the ship.

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