The main seaport of the country, Chattogram Port, achieved new record by handling 3,807 vessels in 2019 against 3,747 vessels in 2018.
The CP also achieved records of handling nearly 30 lakh TEUs containers.
The port handled 30.88 lakh TEUs containers in 2019 against 29.03 lakh TEUs containers in 2018.
On the other hand port handled 10.37 crore tonnes of cargo in 2019 against 9.63 crore tonnes in 2018, secretary of CP Mohammad Omar Faruk told BSS.
Port sources said that the container carrier vessels take berthing in inner berths from outer berth depending on tide and ebb tide of the sea.
Bulk cargo vessels are berthed in outer anchorage and the open cargos like rice, wheat, salt, crude oil, cement clinkers and industrial raw materials etc are delivered to the different storages, silos, port sheds through lighter vessels.
President of Bangladesh Shipping Agents Association Ahsanul Hoque Chowdhury told BSS that if the lightering of bulk cargos were done by large vessels, the handling cost and the stay time of the vessels might be minimised.
In that case the cost of doing business will also be minimised largely. He said that if any vessel stayed at outer berths more than the schedule time, shipping agents were compelled to pay $10,000-$15,000 per day.
He hoped after commissioning of Bay Terminal, large vessels would directly take berth in the terminal without waiting for tide or ebb tide.
He also emphasised capital dredging in Karnaphuli channel to keep operative of the existing inner berths.
Chairman of Chatogram Port Rear Admiral Zulfikar Aziz told journalists that the average stay of a vessel in port lessened comparatively despite the natural calamities and cyclone forecast in 2019.
He further apprised that the constructions of Patenga Container Terminal were progressing fast with capacity of berthing 4 vessels at a time.
He also hoped to start the core construction works of the Bay Terminal this year.
The chairman said that CP was working with the short, middle and long term planning aimed at minimising the cost of doing business policy of the government, trade facilitation, attractions of foreign investment, uninterrupted productions and supply chain.
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