Our History

Before independence of Bangladesh an organization called “Controller of Shipping” was looking after the international shipping activities. On the other hand, “Navigation Directorate” was responsible for the affairs of inland shipping. Besides these, there were “Seaman Training Center” to produce seafarers, “Government Shipping Office” for arranging jobs for seafarers, “Directorate of Seamen Welfare and Immigration” for ensuring welfare activities of seafarers and “Mercantile Marine Department” to perform the duty of statutory requirement of the merchant shipping.

After independence of Bangladesh, considering the importance of shipping, in order to further streamline the sector to meet global standard and with a view to achieving safe and secure shipping, the “Directorate of Shipping” under Ports, Shipping and IWT Division of the Communication Ministry was formed. In 1976, the “Department of Shipping (DoS)” came into existence by merging the “Directorate of Shipping” and the “Controller of Shipping”. Since then the Department of Shipping is functioning as the maritime safety administration of Bangladesh and the international focal point of maritime affairs.