The proposed Matarbari deep sea port will handle oceangoing large cargo vessels with 8000 twenty-foot equivalent unit capacity by 2023, which will increase the country’s export-import capacity through sea and reduce congestions at the Chittagong sea port.
This was said at a training programme in the port city on Monday where officials informed that Chittagong Port Authority would implement the project with financial support from Japan International Cooperation Agency.
CPA organised the training on ‘Matarbari deep sea port’ for its officials and staff.
CPA chairman commodore Zulfiqur Aziz said that at present, vessels less than 190 metre long and 9.5 metre draft could berth at the port.
With the current infrastructure, only feeder vessels ferry goods to and from the port leaving mother vessels in the outer anchorage.
Once the Matarbari deep sea port was ready with 16 metre draft, mother vessels with 8,000 TEUs capacity would be able to berth at the port, the CPA chairman said.
The deep sea port’s multi-purpose terminal would be ready for container shipping vessels by November 2022, and a coal terminal would be constructed by August 2022, he informed.
CPA member (harbour and marine) commodore Shaheen Rahman said that this new sea port would lessen the burden on Chittagong port and augment the country’s export and import.
CPA member (admin and planning) Md Zafar Alam regretted that at Chittagong port a ship could berth with at best 2500 TEUs containers whereas Colombo Port could accommodate a ship with 19,200 TEUs, Jawaharlal Nehru Port with 13,100 TEUs and Chennai port 6,800 TEUs capacity containers.
Zafar said that they completed feasibility study, two fact findings and an appraisal mission. By May 2018 the loan negotiation work would begin, by June 2018 the loan contract of detail design would be done and the deep sea port would run completely by 2023, he hoped.
CPA officials said that the proposed deep sea port would receive imported coal for the proposed 1200 MW Matarbari power station.
The government approved a Tk 360 crore project to set up a deep sea port for handling imported coal for the proposed plant in August 2014.
According to the contract, the lead contractor, Sumitomo Consortium, would construct the power plant.
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