TECHNICAL SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABLE GROWTH IN INLAND WATERWAYS OF BANGLADESH

Updated: Nov 15


Date: 29th January 2022.

Speaker: Dr Arun Dev BSc(Eng) MSc PhD CEng EurIng CMarTech CMarEng FSNAME FRINA FEI FIMarEST FIEB FSNAMES


Topic: SUSTAINABLE GROWTH IN INLAND WATERWAYS OF BANGLADESH


Synopsis: Bangladesh is covered by a network of about 24,000 km of rivers, canals, creeks and haors that together amount to about 7% of the country's surface. At present, the navigable river routes in Bangladesh during the monsoon stretch approximately 6,000 km, although this is reduced to about 3,800 km in the dry season. What else can be so important other than these precious inland waterways of Bangladesh? It is now time for a planned and systematic future roadmap for these valued waterways (marine highways) in various diversified uses with new and innovative ideas. The author highlights a few critical milestones that Bangladesh Government, through its various agencies’ expertise along with academics and the marine industry, may take due interest and thus initiate a long term planning and later execute them over a few stages. This paper presents an innovative idea of designing large passenger vessels. It demonstrates that even with overcrowding of passengers, the new type of vessels will have less possibility of capsizing compared to existing monohull vessels. Finally, the author has described many challenging ideas requiring innovation and new technology. Still, all these will help achieve them at a low cost at the beginning and throughout the life cycle management of the developed products. It may not be possible to pick up all these new and innovative ideas simultaneously, but the goals can be achieved over the years in a systematic, planned manner.


Speaker’s Biography: Dr Arun Kr Dev, a Naval Architect & Marine Engineer by profession, has over 20 years of experience in ship design, especially Tugs, Offshore Support Vessels (AHTS, PSV, AHT, MPSV), FSOs, etc. He has designed many inland and coastal vessels also in his earlier career. He has experience in shipbuilding, ship conversion, project management, project engineering, shipyard layout and development. He has been developing many concept designs of ships, including their preliminary and class approval drawings. Dr. Dev led the design team of an ice-class FSO for the Caspian Sea while working at Keppel, first in Singapore. He is also familiar with rules and regulations of IMO, various Flag State Administration, and International Classification Societies. Dr. Arun Kr. Dev received his BSc(Eng) in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from BUET, Dhaka, Bangladesh, followed by an MSc by research in Marine Offshore Technology from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. He also worked as a Research Scientist at Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, from where he obtained his PhD in 1996. He worked in shipyards in Singapore like Jurong Shipyard and Keppel Singmarine in various positions. Since 2003, he has worked at Keppel Singmarine as Deputy General Manager (Technical) and worked as General Manager of Marine Technology Development Pte Ltd, a ship design & development arm of the Keppel group. At Keppel Singmarine, he led designs of a series of Tugs of different bollard pull ranging from 45 to 65 tonnes. All of them have been built and performed with more excellent performance. He also led designs for AHTSVs for SMIT BV, AHTSVs for Gulf Mark Offshore, and a purpose-built ice-class FSO for LUKoil. Besides, he was involved in many other design development various types of OSVs. Apart from designing ships, Dr. Dev has postgraduate experience designing offshore structures, both fixed and freefloating. He takes great interest in developing a concept design for efficient and economical operation and the design for engineering & production to ease the burden on shipyards and owners. Dr. Arun Kr Dev believes in a simpler design with more exceptional performance. He also has experiences in QC&QA, project engineering management, marine & offshore production, etc.

Apart from industry experiences, Dr Dev has spent many years in ship & offshore hydromechanics research, including extensive model tests. He has published more than 100 articles and technical papers in many international conferences, seminars and journals. His first book on ship repairing will be published at the end of Q1 of 2022. He has also taught at University Technology Malaysia (UTM), Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) and joined Newcastle University as its first overseas and founding Director, School of Marine Science and Technology, Newcastle University in Singapore (NUiS) and Director of PG Studies from April 2019 to June 2021. Now, he is working at NUiS as an Associate Professor and also Director of PG Studies. Dr Arun Kr Dev is a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Naval Architect (RINA), a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology (IMarEST) and Energy Institute (EI). In 2019, Dr Dev has been nominated for the award of the Fellow of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), and he is the first to receive this Fellowship in Singapore. He was Chairman of the Joint Branch of RINA & IMarEST (Singapore) and served many years in the Council in various positions. He has also organised the first International Conference on technology and operation of OSVs in Singapore since 2005 biennially quite successfully for consecutive six times.


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