All credits goes to Sheikh Hasina for release of 23 sailors: Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury

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Published: April 15, 2024, 04:43 PM

All credits goes to Sheikh Hasina for release of 23 sailors: Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury

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State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury credited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the successful release of 23 sailors from the Bangladeshi flag ship MV Abdullah, which was freed from Somali pirates. He highlighted the coordinated efforts of the Ministry of External Affairs, Directorate of Shipping, and international naval wings in swiftly securing the sailors‍‍` freedom.

"Bangladesh is a member of the selected ‍‍`C‍‍` category of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), comprising 174 countries," said Chowdhury, emphasizing Bangladesh‍‍`s efforts to enhance maritime safety. He revealed plans to propose measures to ensure the uninterrupted movement of commercial ships during crises, expressing concerns over potential disruptions to global trade and increased commodity prices.

Regarding the images circulating related to the incident, Chowdhury expressed uncertainty about their authenticity, cautioning against drawing conclusions without proper verification.

The ship, now en route to Dubai, is expected to arrive by April 19 or 20. Chowdhury affirmed that arrangements are being made for the sailors‍‍` return, including the possibility of airlifting them back to Bangladesh.

Addressing safety concerns on inland waterways, Chowdhury assured stern action against any lapses. Following the tragic incident at the Sadarghat launch terminal in Dhaka during Eid, where five people lost their lives, he pledged to hold accountable any parties found responsible. Launch operators engaging in reckless behavior will face consequences, he emphasized, reaffirming a zero-tolerance policy on safety violations.

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