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« Thread started on: Aug 20th, 2003, 09:30am »

Here You Can add all the things you know about the bangladesh navy.

By the way, does anyone know the ships in Bangladesh Navy?
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« Reply #1 on: Sep 29th, 2003, 8:26pm »

Navy to take part in int'l maritime exhibition
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A Bangladesh Navy frigate, BNS Osman, will take part in a six-day long International Maritime and Air Exhibition beginning at Langkawi port of Malaysia on September 29, official source said.

The ship, under the command of Commanding Officer Imam Hossain, is scheduled to leave Chittagong Naval Base for Langkawi port today, with over 200 navy sailors on board.


The Malaysian government organises the exhibition every two years to share knowledge among the participants about the latest developments in maritime and air service.


The BNS Osman was partially damaged in Sunday's collision between the ships at the Chittagong port channel, but it was repaired to make it fit for the trip to Langkawi port, official sources said.


Eighteen navy ships were damaged in the accident and an investigation is under way to identify the cause and assess the loss, they added.

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« Reply #2 on: Sep 29th, 2003, 8:27pm »

French frigate reaches Ctg
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A French frigate with Commanding Officer of the Indian Ocean Zone Rear Admiral Willmot Roussel on board arrived at Chittagong Port yesterday on a four-day goodwill trip, official sources said.

The FNS Marne, a 158-metre long vessel with a DWT of 18,000 tons and 164 sailors on board, captained by Commander Herve Robert Marie Boy, anchored at Chittagong Port's outer anchorage.


Sarwar Jahan Nizam, commodore commanding, Chittagong, welcomed the sailors of the frigate, which was escorted by a Bangladesh Navy patrol ship in Bangladesh territory.

The FNS Marne from Chennai Port of India is scheduled to take part in a joint-exercise with Bangladesh Navy before sailing out for Lankwai Port of Malaysia on September 19, official sources said.


During their stay, the sailors of the frigate will attend different functions and visit the naval installations.


The FNS Marne is the 16th frigate arriving in Chittagong Port on a goodwill trip since 1975. The last frigate, another French ship, arrived in January, 2002.

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Re: Bangladesh Navy Forum
« Reply #3 on: Sep 30th, 2003, 5:11pm »

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Sovereignty of South Talpatty island
Harun ur Rashid

In recent days, it is reported that the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence asked the Bangladesh Navy to ensure Bangladesh's sovereignty over South Talpatty Island. The Chairman of the Committee said that the island was an integral part of Bangladesh.

The ownership of the island has been in dispute between Bangladesh and India since it emerged in the estuary of the border river, Hariabhanga, after the devastating cyclone that swept through Bangladesh in November, 1970. The island is located about 4km, south of the Hariabhanga river that divides Bangladesh and India on the west. The approximate geographical location is reported to be at Latitude 21 degrees 36.0 North and Longitude 89 degrees 09.10 East. It is believed to be of U-shaped formation with the eastern arm elongated towards the north and had an approximate area at low tide of about 2 square miles in 1978 which may have further grown since then.

Both countries claim the island as forming part of their territories. India calls it "New Moore Island or Purbasha" whereas the name "South Talpatty Island" in Bangladesh is derived because of its proximity to Talpatty land area of the Sunderbans of Bangladesh. It had been an uninhabited island, though fishermen from the Bangladesh mainland were often sighted only seasonally during the dry season in the late 70s..


When Bangladesh became an independent nation in 1971, the government was engaged in the challenging task of reconstruction and rehabilitation of the war-ravaged country. In no time during this period, India drew Bangladesh's specific attention to the island. Bangladesh was reportedly told of the ramifications of the presence of this island in 1974 on demarcation of sea boundary in the Bay of Bengal when Indian delegation came to Dhaka.


Prior to the discussion of the sea boundary (maritime boundary) in the Bay of Bengal, it was realised that first the question of the border of the Hariabhanga river had to be determined. Ordinarily, in the case of navigable river, under international law, the boundary line runs through the middle of the deepest navigable channel ( Thalweg principle) unless agreed otherwise between the parties.

During the discussions, Bangladesh claimed sovereignty over the South Talpatty Island on the grounds that (a) the flows of the border river were to the west of the island and a satellite photograph confirmed the western orientation of the flow and (b) the island was a natural prolongation of the Bangladesh territory. The imagery of satellite photographs showed that the main channel of the Hariabhanga river turned a little right near the mouth of the river and entered the Bay of Bengal keeping South Talpatty to its left. In other words the Hariabhanga river flows to the west of South Talpatty island. This was also clear from the flow of the suspended sediments entering the Bay of Bengal. India disputed Bangladesh's position as it claimed that the flows of the border river lay to the east of the island, not west as claimed by Bangladesh.

The nub of the dispute over the sovereignty of the island rests as to whether the main flow of the border river Hariabhanga lies to the west or east of the island.

It is pertinent to note that two flows -- one from the border river and the other from Bangladesh inland river, Raimangal -- fall on the estuary. Bangladesh argued that India confused the flow of the Raimangal river with that of the border river, Hariabhanga. There were many discussions at the official level over the years to resolve the dispute but they remained inconclusive.

When in April 1979 the Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai visited Bangladesh, the President of Bangladesh Ziaur Rahman took up the matter with him. In the interest of good neighbourly relations, to resolve the dispute, Bangladesh proposed a survey by Joint Indo-Bangladesh team to locate exactly the main flow of the border river around the island. The commitment was reportedly confirmed by the Indian Prime Minister when the Deputy Prime Minister of Bangladesh called on him in New Delhi in the second week of May 1979.

Furthermore, in August 1980, during the visit of India's Foreign Minister to Dhaka, a Joint Press Statement was issued on August 18, 1980 and paragraph 9 of the statement read as follows:


" The question of the newly emerged island(s) (New Moore/South Talpatty/Purbasha) at the estuary of the border river Hariabhanga was also discussed. The two sides agreed that after study of the additional information exchanged between the two governments, further discussion would take place with a view to settling it peacefully at an early date."

Exchange of information envisaged in the above joint statement was intended to include the result of the joint survey to ascertain the physical location of the main flow of the border river Hariabhanga.


While bilateral discussions were pending to resolve the dispute, on May 9, 1981, India sent an armed ship "INS Sandhayak" with one helicopter and some military personnel to the island. Some huts, tents, one aerial mast and one pole bearing the Indian flag were seen erected there. Bangladesh was taken by surprise at India's aggressive mood to claim the island. Bangladesh on 11 May 1981 lodged a strong protest against such unwarranted, unilateral and illegal action of India that was in breach of the agreements reached at the highest political level.


Bangladesh, on 16 May 1981, urged India to withdraw the Indian navy ship from Bangladesh waters and to remove men and materials including the flag from the disputed island. India in reply reportedly stated that the intention of sending the ship was to collect additional hydrological information on the island but Bangladesh was not impressed with that reason because it was expected for a neighbour to inform Bangladesh of its intention prior to dispatching an armed ship to the island. Later India agreed to withdraw its ship and men and materials from the disputed island so that it would remain "no man's land" until it was settled peacefully.


It is a matter of great concern to note from a report in the Bangladesh media (DS 22/9/03) that Indian Border Security Force (BSF) established a base on the island which was regularly visited by Indian naval gunships. If the report is true, India seems to have followed "might is right" doctrine to claim sovereignty on the island, ignoring the legitimate claim of Bangladesh. The presence of BSF on the island amounts not only to serious breach of the solemn agreements concluded at the highest political level but also tantamounts to serious provocation to Bangladesh.


In accordance with international law and agreements between the two sides, the sovereignty of the island needs to be settled between the two nations. Bangladesh considers that India honours its commitment in the spirit in which they were made and in the interest of good neighbourly relations, it is argued that the reported base of BSF on the island should be removed.


India is 22 times larger than Bangladesh. India has over 1.2 million armed personnel while Bangladesh armed forces consists of only 137,000. That does not mean that a militarily weak country likes to be pushed around. India's conduct toward Bangladesh should not be intimidating but be based on the principles of "Gujral" doctrine of trust and confidence. India's dominance and its political appetite for projecting its power in South Asia should not be at the expense of the goodwill of the neighbours.


Furthermore, India wishes to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council and should adhere to the principles of the UN Charter in settling "international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security and justice are not endangered" (Article 2.3 of the UN Charter). Bangladesh does not want more than India's scrupulous adherence to UN principles in its relations with it. The question is when and how will India acknowledge and implement the principles in resolving peacefully the sovereignty of the South Talpatty island?


Barrister Harun ur Rashid is a former Bangladesh Ambassador to the UN, Geneva.

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Re: Bangladesh Navy Forum
« Reply #4 on: Dec 28th, 2003, 3:43pm »

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Navy to be made 3-dimensional force: Khaleda
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Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday pledged to turn the navy into a three-dimensional force equipping it with modern equipment.

She was addressing the President's Parade at the Bangladesh Naval Academy at Patenga, marking the commissioning of the Alfa batch of midshipmen of Bangladesh Navy.


A total of 13 midshipmen and two midshipwomen were commissioned yesterday.

Khaleda appreciated and welcomed the women cadets who have come forward to take the challenging job of serving the armed forces.


She reminded the graduating cadets that they would have to safeguard the country's independence and sovereignty even at the cost of their blood.

To perform the responsibility, she said: "Patriotism, devotion, honesty and sincerity have to be reflected in all their activities."

Khaleda appreciated the Navy's role in guarding the country's maritime boundary, checking illegal fishing and smuggling in Bangladesh waters, and curbing terrorism.


She said the "Fisheries Week 2003 Gold Medal" awarded to the Navy and the success of the force in UN Missions had enhanced the prestige of the force.


She mentioned that the navy has got two OPV boats in the last two years and assured it of providing three more OPVs, two tug boats and two PKM boats for its modernisation and infrastructural development.

Other modern equipment would also be procured in keeping with the demand of time to enhance the efficiency of navy.


She also emphasised the need for modern training to groom skilled cadets and officers and said the Naval Academy is playing a very important role in this regard.


The prime minister expressed her deep shock at the tragic death of 15 officers and a junior commissioned officer of Bangladesh Army in a plane crash in West Africa on Thursday last.

Earlier, the prime minister reviewed a smartly turned out parade and took salute at the impressive march past.

She also distributed trophies and medals among the outstanding midshipmen.


Midshipman Jubayer Ahmed was awarded the Coveted Sword of Honour as the best all-round midshipman. He also clinched the Osmani Gold Medal for his outstanding performance in academic subjects.


Midshipman Mohiuddin Mojumder received the gold medal of the Chief of Naval Staff for his feat in professional subjects.


Chief of the Naval Staff Rear Admiral Shah Iqbal Mujtaba received the prime minister on her arrival at the parade ground in a ceremonial motorcade.

The prime minister also presented National Standard to the Bangladesh Naval Academy in recognition of its invaluable services to the nation by producing naval officers of high professional competence.


Ministers, MPs, diplomats, senior civil and military officials, eminent educationists, local elite and guardians of the cadets attended the ceremony.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia presents the National Standard to the Bangladesh Naval Academy at Patenga yesterday.
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« Reply #5 on: Feb 2nd, 2004, 2:40pm »

Navy accepts 2 Royal vessle
By BSS, London
Jan 30, 2004, 20:38


Representatives of the Bangladesh Navy accepted two patrol vessels from the British Royal navy at Portsmouth near here on Friday morning.
The colourful military ceremony took place in the presence of a large number of invited guests, both Bangladeshis and Britons, with Bangladesh High Commissioner to Britain Mofazzal Karim as the chief guest.
The offshore patrol vessels, now named BNS Turag and BNS Sangu, were the last two of five such ships bought from the Royal Navy. Commodore Taylor of Britain handed over the vessels to the two new commanding officers, commanders Bashir and Iqbal.
Mofazzal Karim expressed his gratitude to the UK Ministry of Defense and said the British government has been "rendering valuable support and assistance to Bangladesh almost in all fields of our development'.
"In the last 18 months," he said," defense cooperation between the United Kingdom and Bangladesh has increased manifold," Karim said adding, at present five officers, two female and two male cadets are receiving training in this country.
In addition, he said, "all officers and crew of these five offshore patrol vessels received training in Portsmouth".
The High Commissioner said, Bangladesh always stands for the cause of everlasting global peace and stability. "Our commitment to the world is defined and definite. Bangladesh today is one of the leading troop-contributing countries in UN peacekeeping operations all around the world".
He noted that close interaction between the navies of Bangladesh and Britain commenced long back in 1976 with the transfer of a frigate. "I hope, " he declared, " the process will continue in future as well" and asserted that these ships will prove their worth in safeguarding the maritime interests of Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal.
The two vessels, which were handed over today, will be leaving for Bangladesh by the end of March as the training of crewmembers is completed in batches.


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« Reply #6 on: May 20th, 2004, 2:49pm »

World News > Bangladesh to strengthen security at Chittagong port

Dhaka, May 20 (IANS) :

Against the backdrop of an alarming increase in piracy and pilferage around the vital Chittagong seaport, the Bangladesh government will fortify security there to avoid a possible boycott by international shipping.

The government Wednesday asked security agencies to launch search operations in areas near the port to stop piracy and pilferage of goods from ships at the port and its outer anchorage.

A joint team comprising officials of the navy, Coast Guard and port security police will be formed to strengthen the security apparatus in the outer anchorage and territorial waters.

Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain said: "We've received complaints but in most cases, these were found to be incidents of burglary."

Hossain decided to procure two high-speed boats for the Coast Guard on an emergency basis to strengthen patrols aimed at stopping piracy in nearby waters.

Based on records of piracy and security lapses, the shipping watchdog International Maritime Bureau in a report issued in April had ranked Chittagong as the world's third most dangerous port.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) recently adopted a resolution to implement an international ship and port security (ISPS) code.

All IMO members, including Bangladesh, have to implement the ISPS code by June 30 to improve security and to stop illegal arms shipments.

Failure to apply the code will lead to a buyers' boycott, the IMO warned, and Bangladeshi exporters have agreed to the maritime body's conditions.

The seizure of a huge cache of sophisticated weapons and ammunition near Chittagong April 2 and pressure from the US, the IMO and local exporters forced the Bangladesh government to start assessing the requirements for implementing security measures contained in the ISPS code.

Shipping Minister Hossain told reporters: "There is no chance of Chittagong port being blacklisted because we have already taken measures to fulfil the ISPS code before the deadline."

Over 80 percent of Bangladesh's exports and imports are cleared through Chittagong. The 115-year-old port handled 21.4 million metric tonnes of cargo in 2002-03 and this volume is fast increasing.
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« Reply #7 on: Jun 1st, 2004, 3:08pm »

Danish vessel Hits navy ship, seized
Staff Correspondent, Ctg

Chittagong Port Authorities (CPA) seized a Danish cargo vessel as it hit a Bangladesh navy ship in the port channel on Sunday.

MV Tiger loaded with defence cargo collided with navy ship BNS Dhanshiri at about 6:30pm following an engine failure when it was entering the port channel, port officials said yesterday.


The naval ship sustained a little damage in the accident while the Danish ship, which came from Mumbai Port the same day, was unharmed, they added.

A CPA tug-boat towed the 65-meter-long vessel to jetty No. 9 following the accident.

The CPA, shipping ministry and naval authorities formed separate committees to probe the accident. They are expected to submit their reports within three days, said Quamrul Hossain, member (operation) of Chittagong Port.

MV Tiger was scheduled for sailing out for Kelang Port on Tuesday after unloading at Chittagong Port, said port sources and local agent of the ship.
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« Reply #8 on: Jul 23rd, 2004, 2:11pm »

JS body to discuss court-martialling of 17 navy men
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A parliamentary body will discuss the reported court-martialling of 17 navy officials who are accused of irregularities in the purchase of a 'low quality' frigate, later decommissioned by the coalition government.

The parliamentary standing committee on defence ministry made the decision as the ministry could not inform yesterday's meeting at the Sangsad Bhaban about the issue, meeting sources said.


The Bangabandhu, a much-talked-about frigate built by Daewoo of South Korea, was commissioned into the Bangladesh Navy in June 2001 after it was purchased during the Awami League (AL) rule.

But the frigate was decommissioned during the rule of the four-party coalition and the Bureau of Anti-Corruption filed a case on August 7, 2003 against some officials and AL leaders, including former prime minister Sheikh Hasina, for involvement in the controversial frigate purchase.


Hasina, also leader of the opposition, at a recent meeting accused the government of court-martialling the innocent navy officials and the issue raised at the budget session of parliament grabbed the media spotlight.

"News reports worried people and we are concerned about the issue as people's representatives. We will discuss it at the next meeting," former army chief Mahbubur Rahman, also chairman of the committee, told The Daily Star.


The chairman said committee members wanted to know about the issue from Defence Secretary KM Ehsanul Haque, but he could not inform them as he said he did not receive any information from the navy headquarters.


Army officials also expressed ignorance about the issue saying the navy high officials would talk about it in detail. The navy chief was not present at the meeting.


The Jatiya Sangsad body also discussed the activities of the Ordnance Company and recommended that the government modernise and diversify it to meet the demand of small arms and ammunition.

Commandant of the Ordnance Company Major General Jiban Kanai Das presented a report on its present situation at the meeting also attended by committee members Hafiz Uddin Ahmed, Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, Reazaul Bari Deena, Samsul Alam Pramanik, Syed Eskander and Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Hasan Mashud Chowdhury.

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Navy to be made 3-dimensional force: Khaleda: 7 news ships commissioned
By UNB, Chittagong
Oct 3, 2004, 14:15



Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Sunday said the government is actively considering procuring newer ships to replace the old fleets of Bangladesh Navy to enhance the country’s naval power.

The PM, also in charge of Defence Ministry, announced the government’s plan while addressing a function at the Jetty of Naval Force at BNS Ishakhan here on the occasion of commissioning seven navy ships and conferring National Standard Award on BN Flotilla.


She formally commissioned the seven newly procured ships and crafts of the Bangladesh Navy by pressing remote-control device.

She formally handed over the commissioning edicts to the commanding officers of the new vessels—BNS Gumti, BNS Sangu and BNS Turag, three offshore patrol vessels procured from the UK, BNS Dhansiri and BNS Chitra, two fast-attack craft procured from South Korea, and BNT Rupsha and BNT Shibsa, two tugboats built at Khulna Shipyard.

At the function National Standard was given to the Navy Flotilla for its outstanding contribution to maritime defence of the country.

Earlier on her arrival at the jetty, Naval Chief Rear Admiral Shah Iqbal Muztaba received the PM and a smart contingent of marines presented guard of honour.

Addressing the function the Prime Minister said, “Effective steps have been taken to build Bangladesh Navy as a three-dimensional force through adding modern ships and gadgets, helicopters and submarines”.

Elaborating on development in the navy under the present government, Khaleda said five offshore patrol ships had been purchased from the UK for round-the- clock vigilance to protect the marine resources within the huge maritime boundary as well as ensure safe movement of commercial ships. Of the five ships, the ‘Kapotakhha’ and the ‘Korotoa’ were commissioned last May.

“We are always active for modernisation of Bangladesh Navy despite resource constraints. Adding seven ships at one go to the naval fleet reflects the present government’s firm commitment to well organize the naval force,” she told the function.

The Prime Minister said she believed that offshore patrol vessels, fast-attack crafts and gunboats would play a remarkable role in safeguarding the country’s waters, sea-wealth, economic interests and, above all, national security.

She thanked the governments of the two countries for providing vessels and congratulated those officers and sailors who brought the ships sailing past a long way.

The PM also specially congratulated the engineers and all concerned of Khulna Shipyard on their constructing two new tugboats—the Rupsha and the Shibsa—inducted in the Bangladesh Navy. She also thanked the Netherlands government for extending support to the shipbuilding work.

Prime Minister Khaleda believed that the officers and sailors of Bangladesh Navy, with patriotism, courage and skill, would make time-worthy contribution to exacting the enormous role of the sea for the development of national economy.

In the marine world, she said, the importance of skill and strong naval force is immense to ensure foolproof national security.

Each of all nations and states that have military might deserved strong naval force, she noted.

“As a peaceful nation we have no desire for having giant or aggressive military power, but we must have a naval force capable of ensuring security in our huge maritime area and protecting the immense wealth in the sea,” she told her audience.

“It is very important for our national development and protecting our existence,” she added.

Realising the matter absolutely, Shaheed President Ziaur Rahman had taken initiative to build up a modern naval force and under his patronage two frigates—BNS Omar Faruque and BNS Ali Haider—were added to the fleet of Bangladesh Navy in 1976 and 1978.

The commissioning function over, Prime Minister Khaleda addressed all sections of military and civil members of Chittagong Naval region.

She said her government gave equal importance to the interest and welfare of all members of the naval force apart from its time-befitting modernization.

“As we never patronize irregularity and indiscipline so anybody honest and sincere will not be deprived of positive evaluation in the future like in the past,” she told them.

The PM said discipline, particularly pecuniary discipline, would have to be maintained at all levels— transparency and accountability would have to be maintained in individual cases as well.

She said alongside performing sacred duty of safeguarding the country’s sovereignty, the direct role of the naval force in protecting marine wealth and curbing piracies and smuggling earned praise from all quarters.

Specially earning gold award in last year’s Fisheries Week for remarkable performance in curbing jatka fishing was really commendable.

She said active participation of the members of naval force in the Rapid Action Battalion made the RAB stronger and more active.

Ministers, chiefs of two services, MPs, diplomats and civil and military high officials attended the function.


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« Reply #10 on: Feb 11th, 2005, 3:45pm »

Bangladesh improves maritime security record
Shakhawat Hossain
2/12/2005

Bangladesh has slightly improved its record among the maritime operators as the number of piracies and armed robberies declined in 2004.
Incidents of piracies and armed robberies along the Bangladesh coastline came down to 17 in 2004, representing one-third of the same in 2003, according to the Piracy Reporting Centre of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).
IMB had reported 58 piracy incidents in 2003 in Bangladesh and bracketed its territorial waters the second most dangerous place after Indonesia in Asia.
Bangladesh improved it position at number three among the Asian countries with 17 incidents, IMB said.
Indonesia retained its top position with 93 piracy incidents followed by the Malacca Straits (37 incidents) that separates Indonesia from Malaysia, it added
"We should not be concerned about the position of our country," Department of Shipping director general AKM Shafiullah told the FE.
"Rather we should compare the number of incidents between 2003 and 2004," said Shafiullah.
He said though Bangladesh's position improved slightly in rating but what was important that managed to reduce the incidents of piracy substantially.
This happened due to some timely measures by the authority concerned, including introduction of International Ships and Port facility Security Code in Bangladesh since July 2004, he said.
Besides, port security committees were formed to review the overcall security situation at the country's two ports and coastal areas monthly.
Experts said piracy in the country's sea territory will reduce further as Bangladesh has agreed to sign an agreement along with 16 others Asian country's to check piracy.
Officials of the 16 Asian countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Japan, China, the Philippines and South Korea have already finalised draft of the agreement in recent meeting in Tokyo.
According to the shipping ministry, on average about 1500 ships visit country's two ports every year. Besides, more than 200 coastal ships, around 70 deep-sea trawlers and more than 2000 fishing boats regularly use different routes in the Bay of Bengal.
IMB reports said the number of seafarers killed by pirates surged in 2004, even though the number of armed robberies on the high seas fell allover the world.
Thirty mariners were killed in attacks, mainly in Nigeria and in the busy Malacca Strait. The figure represented a significant rise over that of 2003, when 21 seafarers were killed.
Nigeria had the most deadly coastline in 2004, with 15 seafarers killed. Four people were killed in the Malacca Strait, it added.
Worldwide actual or attempted piracy attacks declined to 325 from 445 in 2003, but violence against seafarers continues and remains at high levels, the report said.

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