FAO Contract : Delivery of the first batch!

18/10/2012 § Leave a comment

TaraTari Shipyard delivered the first batch of 12 fishing boats for FAO at Sharankhola in the south of Bangladesh, next to Sundarbans.

Boats left Chittagong by truck and went by sea 6 by 6 from Chandpur to Sharankhola.

Then, we prepared the boats with all maintenance tools and safety items.

The inauguration ceremony has been presented by the Minister of Fisheries and Livestock of Bangladesh.

Fishermen, very glad of these new boats, followed a training to know how to use it as well as a training about safety at sea. After that, they went back to their villages.

As soon as they arrived at home, they shared their happiness with families and friends. Stability and capacity of the boat has been well appreciated by all!


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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FAO Fibre Glass Fishing Boat Delivery – Last 10 of 15

10/08/2011 § Leave a comment

Support to Assist Landless, Marginal and Small Farmers to Overcome Soaring Input and Food Prices in Impoverished Areas of Bangladesh

FRP Boat Distribution Ceremony

30th July 2011 TaraTari Shipyard, Karnapara, Savar, Bangladesh

Organized by: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations

Responsible Mr Alam Hossain, Aquaculture Specialist, FAO

Chief Guest: Mr Mahabubur Rhaman Khan, DG, Department of Fisheries, Government Official Bangladesh

FAO Representative: Mr El Zein El Muzamil, CTA, FAO

Special Guest: Mr Dominique Burgeon (new FAO Representative)

Host: Mr Yves Marre, TaraTari Shipyard,  DG

“Dear Sir/Madam,

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is implementing the project entitled “Support to Assist Landless, Marginal and Small Farmers to Overcome Soaring Input and Food Prices in Impoverished Areas of Bangladesh” with the financial contribution from European Union in 20 selected Upazilas of the south-western districts of Bangladesh.

As a part of support, the fishers will receive fish seed, fishing boat and life saving equipment to facilitate aquaculture and open water fishing. In continuation to these activities, newly built Fibtre Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Boats will be distributed among the poor fishermen of the project areas.

Mr Mahabubur Rhaman Khan, Director General, Department of Fisheries, has kindly consented to be present as chief guest, Mr Dominique Burgeon, FAO representative in Bangladesh has also kindly consented to be present as the Special Guest.

You are cordially invited to the ceremony.

EL Zein El Muzamil

FAOR (In-Charge)”

TaraTari’s shipyard as well as all the staff has been very happy to work with such partners. We would like to thank Mr Alam, Mr El Zein and all other FAO staff for the trust they have put into TaraTari Shipyard in achieving such project. These boats are the last ones for the year 2011, 25 units of FRP boats and safety equipment for the safe and efficient day duty of the fishermen.

Within the next months Department Of Fisheries will be closely monitoring the activities in the fishing waters, and optimisation of the product will continue with time to achieve adapted solutions in specific areas and their specific fishing tradition.

May 2012 bring new ventures to continue these development projects…

FAO Fibre Glass Fishing Boat – Fishermen Training

09/08/2011 § Leave a comment

The last 10 boats for the FAO and Bangladesh Department of Fisheries have been delivered at TaraTari.

Preceding the delivering ceremony was a 2 days training course for the fishermen. These two days consisted of formal courses on handling, maintaining the boats, but also briefing on the safety equipment such as navigation light, distress signalization mirror, radar reflectors, hand-flares, lifejackets… etc.

Practical training is also provided by the shipyard staff in order to optimise the usage of this new type of boat, with regards to running efficiency with the combination of diesel engine and sail or sail only. At present, only very few fishermen are use to sailing, this knowledge started disapearing with introduction of engine in Bangladesh in the last decade. What was once the largest sailing fleet of the world is now struggling in sailing comprehension and application. TaraTari is not only rehabilitating the sail usage within all of its boats, but also spending the time required to ensure optimum sailing competency.

FAO and TaraTari are providing a composite fishing boat for the fishermen of Bangladesh. This boat is built to international standards of quality, un-sinkable class, and provided with a SOLAS equivalent safety equipment accordingly with its classification and type of operation.

The training went well again and fishermen are very happy to be the leading users of such development project.

To be followed…

FAO handover, 5 boats of 15

02/07/2011 § Leave a comment

After the 2 days training, the fishermen got handed over their fibre glass fishing boat and equipment.

This delivery was the first part of a batch of 15 boats. The next 10 are scheduled to be delivered on 12th July.

Year 2011 will have provided 25 fibre glass fishing boat for the fishermen of Bangladesh. This initiative is coming from the FAO and European Funds for Bangladesh food program, more specifically, the ministry/department of fisheries in Bangladesh.

FAO second order 5 boats of 15 training session

02/07/2011 § Leave a comment

For the second fibre glass fishing boat order of the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) another training of the fishermen has been offered by TaraTari before handing over.

The training of the fishermen to this new technology and different handling methods is essential to us (TaraTari) in order to ensure the good start of this second phase; technology evolution for fishing boats of Bangladesh.

During the 2 days training, the fishermen received formal courses on handling the boat, using the safety equipment delivered with it, handling the sail for optimum sailing condition, etc…

Those two days have been quite wet (and not because of the sea state) due to monsoon season, but everybody was happy to spend time on the water and in the classroom.

The next day, during the handing over, fishermen are granted a certificate of competency in Fibre Glass Fishing Boat Handling along with the user guide, to ensure correct use and maintenance of the boat, for the coming years.

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