Maritime Education: Towards SMART Bangladesh

  • Date

    24th Feb 2023, Friday

  • Type


  • Speakers

    11 Speaker(s)

  • Total Attendance


  • Time

    11:00am - 01:00pm

  • Venue

    Seminar Hall-1 (1st floor: Central Hall)



Maritime Education is a unique combination of academic studies, practical skills and mental strength. Instead of ‘Certificate of Knowledge’ a marine certificate is titled as ‘Certificate of Competency (CoC). Living lonely and working on floating and moving entity for months away from one’s family and friends is not an easy task.

The earth is being rotated by nearly 1.9 million Seafarers (Marine Officers – Marine Engineers – Marine Ratings) through their day-n-night effort in moving yearly nearly 11 billion tons of cargo (commodities, fuel, foodstuffs, goods and products) every year by over 74,000 merchant ships from country to country ensuring 7.8 billion humans' well-being.

International Maritime Organization (IMO) – 1 of the 14 specialized agencies of UN – is the authority of world shipping including the Maritime Education. The Maritime Education based on IMO STCW Convention (International Convention on the Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping for Seafarers 1978, as amended) applies to all 175 Member-States of IMO; the countries that have complied the STCW Convention are included in IMO White List including our Bangladesh.   

Shipping is the wheel of world economy. Since the introduction of modern ships in early-20th century, ocean-going ships are equipped with hi-tech machinery and equipment for the navigation and propulsion power. And now the scenario is being changed dynamically with the introduction of autonomous ships. Spontaneously, world has entered into the hi-tech shipping era with e-Learning based Maritime Education. 

Marine education of Bangladesh preparing world class seafarers. New technological inclusion will make them more efficient in this competitive sector. Currently around 7000 Bangladeshi seafarers are earning 400 million USD annually to our economy. With the current phase this amount target to One (01) billion USD by 2030 or even before.  

Bangladesh is keeping the pace with the Si-Tech rich IMO’s Maritime Education. Bangladesh Marine Academy, founded by the Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1972, is marching at full-speed ahead with due patriotism; leading the countries’ maritime education of the public and private academies to meet the challenges of the 21st century producing the smart workforce required to ensure ‘SMART Bangladesh’ by 2041 echoing our hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.


Chief Guest

Mr. Imran Ahmad, MP

Honorable Minister

Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment

Guest of Honor

Commodore Md Nizamul Haque, (TAS), OSP, NGP, psc, BN

Director General

Directorate of Shipping

Guest of Honour

Commodore Md. Ziaul Hoque, (TAS), OSP, ndc, afwc, psc, BN

Managing Director

Bangladesh Shipping Corporation

Keynote Presenter

MarEngr. Dr. Sajid Hussain CEng CMarEng FIMarEST

Bangladesh Marine Academy



Captain Md Shafiqul Islam Sarker, (G), psc, BN


Bangladesh Marine Academy, Rangpur


Capt. Md. Taufiqul Islam


Bangladesh Marine Academy, Pabna


MarEngr. Obaidullah Ibne Bashir CEng FIMarEST

Engineer & Ship Surveyor & Examiner

Department of Shipping


Capt. Ataur Rahman


National Maritime Institute


Capt. S M Atikur Rahman (BN)


Bangladesh Marine Academy, Barisal


Mr. Shahin Kabir Chandan

Founder and CEO

Celestial Tech Ltd.


Mr. AKM Ahmedul Islam BABU


Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services