The success in achieving SDGs Goal No 14 - life below water - by Bangladesh is now a much discussed topic amongst intellectuals and maritime thinkers. Both government and NGOs machineries are set forth to fulfill the goal. To emphasize more importance on ocean economy, Bangladesh Government also opened a “Blue Economy Cell”. Bangladesh potentially hosts Bay-of-Bengal at the south and is a “white list” nation declared by IMO. Nonetheless, Bangladesh is yet to show its meaningful success as a maritime nation. In 14 th century, Moroccan voyager Ibn Batuta’s naval fleet used to dock in various ports of the country, Port city Chittagong was a large shipbuilding hub in 15 th century and by 17 th century it produced warships for Sultan of Turkey, and the Royal Navy also built many warships some of which participated in Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
It advocates that this place was once a flourishing maritime nation. Although Bangladesh has lost its maritime glory, but nurturing with right spirit, Bangladesh has all the possibilities, once again, to thrive as maritime nation. It can be considered that Bangladesh Navy, with its bequest advantages, has the onus to steer Bangladesh as a maritime nation. With this backdrop, ‘Bangladesh Institute of Maritime Research and Development’ (BIMRAD) was inaugurated on 03 July 2018 under the direct patronization of Bangladesh Navy with an aim to contribute towards national economy at the same time create a platform for the maritime thinkers - an inventiveness and fortitude that Navy’s long desired goal of setting a premier maritime research institute.
BIMRAD is the country’s maiden research institute to create common platform for the entire gamut of maritime think-tank, scholars, institutions, government organizations and other stakeholders to coordinate and conduct quality research pertaining to the maritime interests of Bangladesh and also formulate policy recommendations. I earnestly request the interested people to visit website, read fourth-monthly magazine ‘Paal’, invite all to contribute for the magazine or send us your valuable advice, and I invite all to be part of BIMRAD through membership. I wish every success of BIMRAD and hope that in coming future it will become the maritime research hub.