Liverpool latest on list of Ctg’s direct freight routes
CHATTAGRAM, May 21: Liverpool's tie with the greater Bengal region dates back to the colonial era before Queen Victoria took over the reins from the East India Company, because of Indigo plantations and its connection with the booming post-Industrial Revolution economy of the English maritime mercantile city.
That maritime link between the two regions was reinvigorated on Friday when a ship, for the first time from Chattogram port, left for Liverpool directly, with 182 twenty-foot equivalent units, more commonly known as TEU in shipping jargon, of containers.
The ship, known as MV Amo, will eventually dock in the Netherland's Rotterdam after making a stoppage at Liverpool, making it the second direct shipping destination between Bangladesh and Europe, confirms a local representative of the British operator of the ship, Allseas Global Logistics.
The representative, Captain Sohail Hasnat of Phoenix Shipping, has said the ship left the NCT Jetty of Chattogram Port, the country's main import-export hub, around 12:30pm and will reach Liverpool port within 21-22 days.
The Chattogram Port Authority, or the CPA, has so far allowed three ships to operate between Chattogram and Liverpool, and then to Rotterdam.
Earlier on Feb 24, Songa Cheetah, a 147.84 metre-long Liberian-flagged container ship, reached the Italian port of Ravenna on the Adriatic Sea, only 17 days after sailing from Chattogram port in first-ever direct shipping from Bangladesh to Europe.
A Swiss shipping agency is scheduled to start operating large container vessels straight from the dock of Chattogram port to Barcelona and Rotterdam this month.