Ctg Port to have 3 more container terminals: CPA Chairman
Published : Thursday, 25 April, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 1092
CHATTOGRAM, Apr 24: The Chattogram Port, prime sea port of the country, will have three more container terminals by 2025 next.
The process of construction of one 1500-metre-long multi-purpose terminal, another 1225-metre-long and the other 800-metre-long container terminal at Bay Terminal has already been started.
Primarily, construction works of the yard, Truck Terminal and boundary wall are going on. It was disclosed by the Rear Admiral Zulfiqar Aziz, Chairman of the Chattogram Port Authority (CPA), in a press conference organized on the occasion of the 132nd founding anniversary of the Chattogram Port.
The CPA observes its founding anniversary every year on April 25.
The CPA Chairman said the Land Ministry had approved the proposal of the Chattogram Port Authority (CPA) to acquire 803 acres of khas land for the much-awaited Bay Terminal, one of the gigantic projects of the CPA.
But the CPA will have to pay an amount of Tk1200 crore against the acquisition of khas land.
The private land had been acquired earlier with the payment of TK352 crore to the Deputy Commissioner of Chattogram against the compensation of 68 acres of private land. The Chairman said the boundary wall surrounding the project would be constructed first. On this land, the Cargo Delivery and the Truck Terminal will be built.
The bigger ships with more length and draft to 12 metres will be able to berth at the jetties of the terminal for handling goods, the Chairman said.
To cater for the demand for the increasing trend of containerization, the CPA has already started the construction works of Patenga Container Terminal (PCT) with the assistance of Bangladesh Army, Multi-purpose Terminal at Laldia and Karnaphuli Container terminal, Zulfiqar Aziz said. The construction works of the largest Patenga Container Terminal (PCT) is smoothly progressing with an aim to start its operations from June next year. This project is undergoing in full swing round the clock for partial operation of the terminal project and nearly 30 percent of construction works has already been completed. He said vessel may be berthed in the PCT within the shortest possible time because of terminal being very near to estuary of Karnaphuli River.
The cost of project is estimated at Tk1, 828 crore within the target.
The PCT is situated over 32 acres of land with three berths of total 600 meters of length and three vessels with 9.5 draft vessels will be able to take berth at a time in the terminal. One oil jetty is being constructed beside the middle of these berths and PCT will handle 4 lakh TEUs containers annually.
Chattogram Port is handling its maximum containers than its target, with a view to handle more container handling, PCT terminal is being constructed.
The Chairman said that CPA had handled more than 2.9 million TEUs (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) in 2018 last while it handled 2.667 million TEUs in 2017 last.
He claimed that the percentage of growth of container handling in the Chattogram Port is 9.