Department of Shipping

Department of Shipping is a Bangladesh government regulatory agency under the Ministry of Shipping of Bangladesh responsible for maritime safety, formulation and enforcement of maritime regulation.[1][2] The Director General of the Department of Shipping is Syed Ariful Islam.[3]

Department of Shipping
HeadquartersDhaka, Bangladesh
Region served
Official language
WebsiteDepartment of Shipping


The agency came into existence in 1976 through the merger of Directorate of Shipping and the Controller of Shipping. It is responsible for the regulation of maritime activity in Bangladesh.[4][5] The department is responsible for safety of inland navigation and issuing registration and annual fitness certificates of the vessels.[6][7] International Maritime Organization has scrutinized the role of the Department of Shipping over fake competency certificate issued to ships.[8] The Department in 2016 blamed lack of flag protection and high interest rate for the dwindling number of Bangladeshi flag carry ships.[9]

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  1. ^ "People expect progress in Teesta deal". The Daily Star. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  2. ^ "IRClass signs RO agreement with Bangladesh Department of Shipping and establishes office in Chittago". Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Shipping department inks deal with India for certification". The Daily Star. 14 February 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Our History : Department of Shipping". Archived from the original on 4 April 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Perfunctory punishment for ferry accident deaths". Prothom Alo. Archived from the original on 4 April 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Faulty vessels given facelift for Eid trips". The Daily Star. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Launch accident: A recurring tragedy". The Daily Star. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Bangladesh: National image takes hit as fake maritime certificate issue surfaces". Archived from the original on 4 April 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Bangladesh Bank for cash incentives to merchant ship business". Dhaka Tribune. 11 December 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2017.