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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Mandoris for Unicef

06/12/2011 § Leave a comment

UNICEF has ordered 7 Mandoris type boat to TaraTari for the duty of carrying safely children from isolated areas of Rangamati Lake to school (Rangamati Kaptail lake, South Bangladesh, Bundarbans / Chittagong area, Hill tracks).

Sister-ship of the Masdoris (Fishing Boat) but with vocation of Passenger Carriers, this Mandoris boat is another solution provided by TaraTari to ensure safety and longevity of such boat.

Allong with the boats, lifejackets and safety equipment are provided to Unicef following their requirements.

Unicef 01 boat was completed last week, number 02 and 03 are being completed at present, 04 is following shortly. Delivery of 4 boats should take place by December 2011 and the remaining 05 to 07 in the following January 2012.

Masdoris fishing boat prototype out of the water

27/11/2010 § Leave a comment

For the last time the first Masdoris was taken out of the water.

After two years of testing and optimisation leading to the actual production, this first prototype will now be upgraded for future use at sea.  The added ‘tail’ made of plywood and fibre glass will be replaced by a full fibre one. This boat is now part of the order from Friendship Luxembourg for 6 fishing boats; 4 fully new production and 2 upgraded previous version.

The lift out wasn’t easy as the slope of the river side has been increased due to the water level going down in the last month.

A good time to try the trolley adapted for the fishermen of the south using this boat…

Another output of the lifting operation was the involuntary ‘load test’ of jute fibre ropes as we broke 3 of them with diameter varying from 1cm to 1 inch.

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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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TaraTari & Corentin Voiles et Voiliers video

15/09/2010 § Leave a comment

Tara Tari : débrouille, récup et toile de jute !

Taratari : un voilier de 9 mètres dessiné par VPLP dans le style des bateaux de pêche traditionnels du Bengladesh, construit en toile de jute, résine polyester et matériel de récup par Corentin de Chatelperron. Pour prouver la fiabilité de ce matériau inédit, « Coco » a parcouru 9000 milles, de Dacca à La Ciotat ! Il nous raconte en vidéo ses galères et ses joies. Un récit inoubliable dont voici le 1er épisode…

<Taratari: a 9 meter sailing boat designed by VPLP in the style of traditional Bangladeshi fishing-boats, built in Jute fibre, polyester resin and recycled materials by Correntin de Chatelperron. In aim to prove the viability of this special material, “Coco” has sailed over 9000 nautical miles, from Dhaka to La Ciotat! He is telling us the story in video through his pains and joys. A wonderful journey from which, here is the first episode…>

WC finished for last Crucelle boat…

06/08/2010 § Leave a comment

First post about the adaptation of the wc on the Mandoris was on this strange fibre pipe.

Now the boat has been equipped and it works all fine. Here are a few pictures to illustrate the whole.

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