Friday, 19 August, 2022

First Russian ship anchors at Mongla since Ukraine war

A Russian ship carrying machineries for Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) has arrived at Mongla port.

This is the first transport of any Russian vessel to Bangladesh since Moscow started operation in Ukraine in February this year.

The Russian flag carrier, MV Kamilla, carrying 3,328.237 MT of machineries for the power plant, docked at the port’s jetty-6 on Monday afternoon, Sheikh Fakar Uddin, harbour master of Mongla port told UNB.

The ship left Russia’s Temryuk port on June 29 and arrived in Bangladesh through Colombo.

On October 18, 2021, the last Russian container ship -- MV FESCO ULISS -- carrying equipment for Rooppur NPP arrived in Bangladesh.

“From Monday evening, unloading of the machineries from the ship has started,” said harbor master Sheikh Fakar.

HM Dulal, the owner of a company contracted for providing labourers to Rooppur NPP, said, "By Wednesday, all machineries will be unloaded from the ship.”

There are 13 crew members on the Russian ship and its shipping agent is Conveyor, said the Mongla port authority.