Captain Fazlur Rahman Chowdhury (1N) no more……

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15 October 2022

Captain Fazlur Rahman Chowdhury (1N) no more……

Captain Fazlur Rahman Chowdhury (1N) died after a massive heart attack in a hospital in Turkiye today.  His body is lying in state in a funeral home.

Innaliallahe Wa Innailaihe Raziun. May Allah bless him with Jannatul Ferdaus.

Captain Fazlur Rahman and Mrs. Rahman were taking a vacation near Antalya, Southern Turkey.  After completing a week, he was supposed to return home on Monday, October 17, 2022. Mrs. Rahman who is in the hotel was not told about the death. She is also in a feeble health condition.

He leaves behind his wife and three children, Shahid Latif, Zahid Latif, Farzana Faisal, and several grandchildren.

His family has requested everyone not to call Mrs. Rahman and the family as this is a very sensitive time. His son Zahid Latif will travel to Turkiye and make arrangements for transporting Captain Fazlur Rahman’s body to the United Kingdom where he will be buried.

Captain Fazlur Rahman is from the first batch of the Bangladesh Marine Academy who held several positions in the maritime field in Bangladesh and abroad. Immediately after the liberation of Bangladesh, Fazlur volunteered his services to the Chittagong Port Authority and engaged himself in emergency work to clear the channel for ships to navigate.

Fazlur obtained Class-1 Master Mariner from the UK in 1976 and M.Sc. from World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden in 1988. Apart from commanding the only passenger-pilgrim ship he also took delivery of the first newly built ship for BSC from Japan. He was Commandant of the Marine Academy for a short period in 1977. He later joined as the Chief Nautical Surveyor of the Department of Transport and for a short period was the Director-General of Shipping, Government of Bangladesh as well. He was also a Commander in Bangladesh Naval Reserve and saw some active service in the Navy including command of an auxiliary vessel.

In 1991, he joined the Marine Division of the Department of Transport, UK (later becoming Maritime & Coastguard Agency) as a Surveyor and Examiner. He worked with UK-MCA until the end of 1999 when he left as its Deputy Chief Examiner to join as Maritime Administrator in Gibraltar. After working in Gibraltar for four years, he joined the Bahamas Maritime Authority as its Deputy Director. After another four years, he joined the Kingdom of Bahrain as Maritime Advisor. His last assignment before retirement was a short period as Maritime Advisor on a World Bank Project in Tonga.

He was an avid writer of political essays published in various magazines and periodicals. To his credit, a compilation of his work was published under the title “Bangladesh: My dream” in 2018.

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