Chittagong port expansion unveiled

Chittagong port expansion unveiled

Congested Chittagong, Bangladesh’s top port, is adding more terminals.

Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has revealed plans to get three terminals completed by 2025. The new facilities include a 1,500 m long multipurpose terminal and two container terminals with 1,225 and 800 m lengths, respectively.

Currently, container vessels are getting schedule berthing within one or two days arriving at the outer anchorage of the port with the arrival of a number of new gantry cranes helping speed up operations. The turnaround time for vessels at Chittagong port was 7-8 days in 2017 when congestion reached its peak.

The port handled a record 2.9m teu last year, up 9% over 2017.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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