Royal IHC to open service centre in Bangladesh
On 16 March 2016, Royal IHC successfully organised its third dredging seminar in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and announced plans to open a service centre in the country in May.
“Since Bangladesh gained its independence in 1971, we have proudly supplied over 40 dredgers, workboats and booster stations to its public and private sectors,” explained Kees Derks, Area Sales Director India. “By opening a local service centre, IHC will continue to invest in the country and will maximise the availability of dredgers in the region.”
Addressing the seminar’s 150 attendees, chief guest Minister of Shipping HE Shahjahan Khan, MP emphasised the need for additional dredging vessels to restore and maintain navigability of the Bangladeshi river system.
Dutch Ambassador HE Leoni Cuelenaere, guest of honour at the event, said: “There is a great resemblance between Bangladesh and the Netherlands; both are riverine countries that will be affected by climate change and the rising sea level.” In addition, she praised Dutch expertise in dredging and shipbuilding.
During the seminar, Mr Maminul Hague Sarker from the Centre for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS) delivered a lecture on Bangladesh’s river morphology and the need for dredging.
A cheque was presented by the Ambassador on behalf of the IHC Foundation to World Vision Bangladesh, which supports sustainable shipbreaking in Chittagong by offering young people appropriate education. The IHC Foundation supports charitable projects in the countries where IHC conducts its business activities.
IHC Seminar Bangladesh