Chairman, BIWTA

Commodore Golam Sadek, NGP, ndc, ndc, psc

Commodore Golam Sadeq (G) NGP, ndc, nsc, psc, BN is an ex-cadet of 6th Batch, Rangpur Cadet College, commissioned on 1st July 1989 in Bangladesh Navy. He received naval training from the Royal Malaysian Navy. Commodore Sadeq commanded various naval fleets and camps like missile boat, petrol craft, mine sweeper, offshore petrol vessel and frigate. He led three training camps namely Shaheed Moazzam, Isha Khan and Bangladesh Naval Academy. Besides, he discharged his duties as Staff Officer of Naval Chief’s Flag Lieutenant, Deputy Director of Planning Department in the Naval Head Quarters, Chief Staff Officer of Chattogram Commander Naval Zone and Staff Officer Operations of Commander BN Fleet. He annexed his academic excellence through higher degrees from Royal Navy of the UK, Mirpur Staff College, Naval War College of the USA and National Defense College of Bangladesh.

He achieved peace medal and naval award medal in the year 2014 for his remarkable contributions in various operations and training activities of Bangladesh Navy. In personal life, Commodore Sadeq is married and father of one son and a daughter. Reading books and playing golf are his favorite hobbies.

Chairman’s Message

The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has been set up for the development, maintenance and control of inland water transport and of certain inland navigable waterways. Among other functions, BIWTA has the responsibility to arrange training programme for Inland Water Transport Personnel. In pursuance BIWTA established its first inland maritime training centre named as “Deck Personnel Training Centre” (DPTC) at 1970. To meet the growing demand of skilled Inland as well as International ship personnel in maritime sector, BIWTA decided to build its third maritime training institute in Madaripur named as Ship Personnel Training Institiute (SPTI). In the year 2019, Authority shifted the institute to its new building, built on its own acquired 5 (Five) acres of land on the West bank of lower kumar river in kumartek, Madaripur. SPTI starts his/her journey with full facility of navigatioin lab, Bridge simulation, seamanship lab, Engine lab, Advanced Fire fighting Lab, Life boat launcher; etc along with latest maritime technology. From the beginning Deck and Engine personnel were being trained in the Training institiute. BIWTA believes that a safe, cost effective and environment friendly Inland Water Transport sector mostly depends on skilled and competent ship personnel. Therefore to promote skilled and trained river transport personnel and to achieve the preset goal appropriate training modules and curriculum have been developed; a training ship and well equipped laboratories have been setup in SPTI Campus. SPTI is a non-profit making organization primarily engaged in promoting maritime education and training in the inland water transport sector in Bangladesh. Since its establishment, the training institiute has been conducting various maritime training programme in compliance with ISO-76 & STCW-78 as amended, with the approval of Department of Shipping. The training centre is headed by a Principal, a professional Master Mariner having long time sea carrier as well as teaching experience in maritime education. Its different activities are being appraised, initiated, executed and monitored by Vice Principal under the supervision of the Principal. The Principal decides on key matters such as launching of course, managing and liaise with the Department of Shipping and other national and international bodies, liaise with trainees representative through student counseling to deal with student matters etc. He also keeps close correspondence with member of Finance and other officials of BIWTA. At Present SPTI is running by a group of highly skilled, competent & experienced Master Mariners, Inland Masters & Marine Engineers, Part-Time & Full Time Instructors and Trained Employees with Naval background under the supervision of BIWTA, Ministry of Shipping.

I wish all the prosperity of this institution so that it can achieve the vision of BIWTA and can keep highest role to make skilled and trained water transport personnel for inland water transport sector at home and abroad.

Commodore Golam Sadek, NGP, ndc, ncc, psc
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA)