117 ships anchor in Mongla Port in December, highest in 70 years...

Dhaka, Tuesday   19 January 2021

117 ships anchor in Mongla Port in December, highest in 70 years

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 01:12 PM, 4 January 2021  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Country's second-largest sea harbour Mongla Port witnessed at least 117 foreign ship anchoring in last December breaking all previous records. 

According to an official of the port, the ship mostly contained car, coal, fertilizer cement clinker, LPG crying vessels, ceramic materials, various raw materials and equipments of Rupur nuclear plant and railway line project etc.

MPA witnessed at least 100 foreign ship anchoring in February 2019 and 106 foreign ship anchoring in November 2020.

“The record touched a milestone in the monthly statistics in last seven decades after establishing the port,” the official said, adding that the Mongla Port has been playing a vital role in the country’s economic development since 2009. 

Deputy secretary of Mongla Port Authority (MPA) Makhruzzaman said it turned into a losing sea port in the years from 2001 to 2008 because of manifold problems. In February 2007-2008 fiscal year, only seven foreign ships were anchored at the port. 

A total of nine development projects and four ADB programmes were implemented from 2009 to 2017 involving Taka 454.47 crore aiming to enhance the ability of the Mongla Port, Makhruzzaman said.

Currently, at least 10 projects are being implemented and five projects are under the process to get approval and four other projects are under DPP. 

The official, however, said the MPA has already ensured different facilities for Mongla port users to get speedy and quality services.

The facilities include capital dredging at the Pashur River, purchasing different 42 containers and cargo handling machineries and setting up modern channel at Pashur River to arrive and discharge foreign ship round the clock. 

Chairman of MPA Rear Admiral M Shajahan said that the government has taken many initiatives to enhance ability of Mongla port. 

“The MPA sees the record ship arrival due to intervention of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, special direction of shipping ministry, cooperation by Mongla Port users and hard work by the employees of the organization,” he said. 

The number of foreign ship arrival is increasing day by day as industrialization was boosted up centering Mongla Port and Rampal Power Plant.

Investors are importing different production materials like machineries, cement clinkers, car, fertilizers and equipment for industrialization, Shajahan said.

The MPA has earned a profit of Tk 266 crore in 2016-17 FY while Tk 286 crore in 2017-18 FY. In 2007-08 FY, a total of 7.5 lac ton cargos were handled at the port. The cargo handling has increased at least 97 lac tons in 17-18 FY and in the current FY, it was targeted at 1.20 lac tons, he said.

Dredging is progressing in Rampal Power Plant, Food Silo and Outer berth areas in the Pashur River, he added. 

In line with the ‘Vision-2021’ taken by the government, all the projects are being implemented to attract foreign companies in economic zones as well as ensure balanced development of every region of the country.