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BRIEF HISTORY

The idea of Chittagong Boat Club (CBC) was first conceived by the then Chief of Naval Staff of Bangladesh Navy, Late Rear Admiral Sultan Ahmed. The intention was to develop a Club which would perform like an organization where the elites of Maritime Agencies, Civil Industries, Bureaucrats and Military services would enjoy the normal Club facilities including aquatic sports through the Club and also to take part to contribute something for the sea-dependent people when the Club facilities would be fully-fledged. Hence, the CBC was registered in the Joint Stock Companies in 1986. Thereafter, the former Chief of Naval Staff of Bangladesh Navy, Late Rear Admiral Sultan Ahmed, inaugurated the CBC on 08 August 1990. Bangladesh Navy took 2.1 acres of land on lease from Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to establish the CBC. CPA gave this land beside Marine Academy Jetty at East Patenga. The Club premises have Karnaphuli River on the East and Khal No – 11 on the North, Shah Amanat International Airport on South-West, Bangladesh Air Force Base Zahur on West. It has a wonderful panoramic view with hill, river and other natural beauty in the surrounding areas. As per initial Article of Association and Memorandum of Understanding, the Chief of Naval Staff would be the President of CBC, COMBAN (Commodore Commanding BN Flotilla) would be the Vice-President and Later COMCHIT (Commodore Commanding Chittagong) took over the duty of Vice President. Other three Vice-Presidents and 17 members from the Civil Elites and Military Officers formed the Management Committee (The Committee).
Few Club activities were arranged by the Club members at times. Considering environmental effects, plantation was done at the Club premises. With the support of Bangladesh Navy, CBC accommodation and Store Room was built in 2005. Installations of a deep tube-well with a good capacity pump and an overhead tank for storage of water were also completed at Chittagong Boat Club (CBC) in 2005.
The new era of CBC started while Vice Admiral Zahir Uddin Ahmed, (ND), ndc, psc, BN (retd) took over as President of the Club on January 2009. Under his dynamic leadership and strong commitment, Chittagong Boat Club started to get headway since 2009. A Grill House was inaugurated at the area of Chittagong Boat Club with a grand ceremony in July 2009 under arrangement of Asian Group. Total 600 members and other civil and military elites and their families attended the function.
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) provided one pontoon and one causeway to Chittagong Boat Club. Chittagong Dry Dock Limited built the causeway. The pontoon is moored in the riverside of the Boat Club and the causeway was later fixed in the present position. Later Chittagong Port Authority provided additional land on lease to build Club House, Convention Center, Guest House and Parking. Beside Bangladesh Navy, Chittagong Port Authority is the only Government office which extended unique support to Chittagong Boat Club.
The first ever Annual General Meeting of CBC was held on 24 April 2010 at Command Mess in BNS ISSA KHAN. President of Chittagong Boat Club, Vice Admiral Zahir Uddin Ahmed, (ND), ndc, psc, BN (retd) presided over the meeting. All the members of CBC were invited. The total attendance was about 150 members out of 223. A new Management Committee was formed where Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Zahir Uddin Ahmed remained as President, COMCHIT was elected as Executive Vice President. Chairman Chittagong Port Authority, Commanding Officer, BNS ISSA KHAN and Mr. Salman Ispahani, MD, M M Ispahani became the Vice President of the Club. As per Article of Association, other elected 12 members and 04 Ex-Officio members formed Management Committee.
CBC Corporate partners Asian Confidence Cement Limited, Western Marine Shipyard Limited, Elite Paint Limited, Asian Group Limited and Prantic Group Limited stepped forward to build the Convention Center, Cruise Vessel, Mini Hall room, Restaurant and monument respectively. Under the dynamic leadership of the President, CBC Vice Admiral Zahir Uddin Ahmed, Executive Vice President immediately removed 14 confiscated customs boats from the Boat Club premises, raised the land about 3 to 5 ft from the river level by earth filling, made the club house, restaurant, bar, poolroom, mini hall room, ballroom, snooker room and Western Cruise Vessel in shortest possible time.
All these assets were inaugurated on the Boat Club Day (Raising Day) of Chittagong Boat Club by the President of the Club Vice Admiral Zahir Uddin Ahmed on 28 January 2012 where the special guest was President Bangladesh Navy Family Welfare Association Begum Shabnam Ahmed.
The biggest convention center at Chittagong - Confidence Cement Convention Center was completed in December 2013 and inaugurated on 31 December 2013 with a grand celebration. The upcoming CBC guest house is also in process of inauguration.
This Club is affiliated with Cadet College Club and expected to be affiliated with other elite clubs of home and abroad soon. The Club is extending its activity on the opposite bank of the river Karnaphuli at Sarof Bhata near Kaptai. CBC members are privileged to avail a 14 room wonderful guest house built by Bangladesh Navy at St Martin’s Island, a wonderful cottage established at Kaptai and another cottage constructed by Bangladesh Navy at Hiran Point.
— at Chittagong Boat Club.
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