On February 27, 2018, the IMRF Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) held a ceremony to commemorate the distribution of donated lifejackets to Bangladesh fishermen.
This ceremony was held in Chittagong and the lifejackets were distributed to more than 50 representatives from local fishermen communities who attended the ceremony.
The 2000 lifejackets had been donated by Shanghai San Jin Shipping Company Ltd. and Shanghai Xin An Shipping Company Ltd. The transportation service was also provided free of charge by the China Ocean Shipping group and representative Mr. Cui Sibo attended the ceremony.
Also attending the ceremony on behalf of the Bangladesh Coast Guard was Director General, Rear Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury and Mr. Liu Fangjian and Mr. Hou Ning, who are Military Attachés from the Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh. Rear Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury highly praised and sincerely thanked China Rescue and Salvage and the IMRF APRC for their support and assistance to the Bangladesh Coast Guard as well as the ordinary fishermen in Bangladesh. The COSCO Shipping Group was also thanked for its free shipping service.
The Rear Admiral emphasised that Bangladesh Coast Guard would further strengthen communication and liaison with the Chinese side for the extensive cooperation and exchanges in the field of maritime search and rescue, while actively supporting and participating in the regional activities of the APRC.
The APRC presented a commemorative plaque to those involved with the donation of the lifejackets, praising them for their active commitment to social responsibility, and thanking them for their support for the cause of international maritime humanitarian lifesaving.