August 28, 2018
On August 27, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Dhaka to provide grant aid of up to 2.729 billion yen for the Project for Improvement of Rescue Capacities in the Coastal and Inland Waters.
The project will provide the Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) with up to four 20-meter type coastal rescue boats and up to 20 10-meter small rescue boats.
Approximately 90 percent of the land in Bangladesh is located in the delta region, the largest delta in the world comprising low-lying land that is no higher than 10 meters above sea level, and approximately seven percent (9,770 square kilometers) of the land is covered by water. Water transportation is often used in the inland waterways, particularly in the southern area where such transportation is concentrated three times more than in the northern area. In the inland waterways, many serious maritime and river accidents occur, resulting in vessels sinking and oil spills, primarily due to overloading, collisions and stormy weather. Accidents also often occur in the coastal areas where cyclones strike each year. Although the BCG is primarily in charge of emergency rescue and relief activities in the coastal areas and inland waterways, they currently have a limited number of rescue boats, and those boats that are deployed have deteriorated in performance due to nearly 30 years of use. Due to such circumstances, time is required for boats to reach the sites of accidents, and there are frequent cases in which rescue work is delayed. In order to adequately respond to rescue and aid needs, increasing the total number of rescue boats is a priority.
The project aims to strengthen the BCG’s capacity for search and rescue operations to cope with maritime/river accidents and natural disasters through the improvement of the BCG’s vessels and equipment , thereby contributing to the reduction of damage caused by maritime and river accidents and natural disasters in the coastal areas and the inland waterways.
|Country||People’s Republic of Bangladesh|
|Project title||The Project for Improvement of Rescue Capacities in the Coastal and Inland Waters|
|Planned implementation period||39 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period|
|Executing agency||Bangladesh Coast Guard|
|Target region, facilities||South and southwest coastal regions of Bangladesh|
|Specific project details (provisional)||(1) Equipment procurement
Up to four 20-meter rescue boats (provided with oil pollution control equipment, including oil fences, oil skimmers and oil absorbent mats), up to 20 10-meter small rescue boats
(2) Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, procurement supervision