10 September 2011

Seminar on ‘Shipbreaking and Its Impacts on Steel Sector of Bangladesh’ on 27 May 2011:

A Seminar on ‘Shipbreaking and Its Impacts on Steel Sector of Bangladesh’ is organized by the Department of MME, BUET on Friday (27th May, 2011) at the seminar room of BUET Council Bhaban.

Mr. Dilip Barua, Honourable Minister, Ministry of Industries was present as the Chief Guest while Prof. Dr. S. M. Nazrul Islam, Vice-Chancellor, BUET was present as the Special Guest. Prof. Dr. M. Habibur Rahman, Pro Vice-Chancellor, BUET and Mr. ABM Khorshed Alam, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Industries were present as the Guest of Honour. Prof. Dr. Md. Aminul Islam, Head, Department of MME, BUET presided.

In the seminar, two technical lectures entitled Shipbreaking and Its Impacts on Steel Sector of Bangladesh’ and ‘Impact on Shipbreaking on Environmental Pollution, Energy and National Economy of Bangladesh’ were presented by Dr. A. A. Rezaul Haque, Prof. Dept. of MME and Prof. Dr. M. Aminul Islam, Head, MME, BUET. Dr. A.K.M. Bazlur Rashid, Professor, Dept. of MME was the coordinator of the Seminar.

In the present context of Bangladesh, the seminar is highly relevant. In Bangladesh steel production largely depends on imported billets and steel scrap. Use of steel scrap in steel making has its advantages and disadvantages. In this seminar, the metallurgical prospective about the production of steel and the impact of improved billet and different grades of steel scrap on steel quality, energy and environment are discussed. A lively discussion on these lectures by the audience followed the lectures.

At the end of the seminar the following suggestions are made:

  • Good quality steel can be manufactured in economic way using ship scrap.
  • Dependence of imported billet can be reduced if locally procured shipbreaking scraps are used with proper practice to produce billets.
  • Considering the prevailing socio-economic conditions of our country, it would not be wise to stop shipbreaking in Bangladesh.
  • Green shipbreaking technology must be followed and be implemented to reduce environmental pollution.
Source: BUET. 30 May 2011

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