CHATTOGRAM: The under-construction Patenga Container Terminal (PCT) will go into operation by June next year, Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) Chairman Rear Admiral Zulfiqur Aziz said on Wednesday.
“Besides, the Chattogram port has already adopted the concept of green port and all the activities are being conducted following this concept to minimise the environmental impact,” he said at a view-exchange meeting marking the 132nd founding anniversary of Chattogram port at Bandar auditorium in the port city.He said the average turnaround time of vessels has reduced remarkably in Chattogram port as vessels are being allowed at the jetties within a day or two of arriving at Outer Anchorage while a record was also set by allowing ships directly at the jetty.
The CPA chairman informed that a total of 3,370 vessels used the port in 2017 while the number reached 3,747 in 2018.
Putting up statistics, he said the port handled 8.52 crore tonnes of cargo and 26.67 lakh Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEUs) containers in 2017. In 2018, the number of handled cargos and containers stood at 9.63 crore and 29.03 lakh TEUs respectively.
The cargo and container handing marked a rise by 13 and nine per cent respectively last year, he said.
“The success that fulfilled the 30 years’ handling projection of the port could be made due to implementation of some specific plans taken by the CPA to address the challenges,” Rear Admiral Zulfiqur Aziz observed.
The port is also now capable of storing over 50,000 containers while projects were taken to build the Bay Terminal, Patenga Container Terminal (PCT), Laldia Terminal and Karnaphuli Container.The CPA chairman expressed hope that after completion of the Bay Terminal project, the capacity of the port will be increased by three times and vessels having over 9.5-metre draft and 190-metre length will be able to take berth.
“The CPA has been working to finish the work of 1,500-metre multi-purpose terminal, a 1,225-metre and 800-metre container terminals by 2025,” he said.
“Some 18 per cent works of the PCT has already been completed with a target to handle some 4 lakh TEUs containers per year,” said the chairman.
Highlighting advantages of the terminal, he said a total of three container vessels having 190-metre length and 10.5-metre draft, and an oil-laden vessel will be able to take berth at two jetties of the terminal being constructed at a cost of Tk 1,868 crore.
Besides, some 4,500 TEU containers can be kept at the terminal after completion of the work, the chairman said.
To meet the growing demand, the CPA procured over 60 equipment including six quay gantry cranes (QGC) last year.
“The QGCs have changed the container handling scenario at the port with an increase by 30 per cent and it was a long-standing demand of the port stakeholders,” he informed, adding that four more QGCs will be added to the existing equipment of the port by this year.
The increased capacity of the premier seaport has decreased the cost of doing business and created scope of earning more revenues for the port, Rear Admiral Zulfiqur said.
Talking about the future plan, the chairman said the port has adopted the concept of green port and has been procuring the equipment following European emission standard and carrying out activities following the concept.
“Plan has been taken for developing cruise terminal for transporting passenger from two jetties of the existing general cargo berth by 2025 to help achieve the sustainable development goals by 2030 and the Delta Plan by 2100,” he said.
CPA Member (Admin and Planning) Zafar Alam, Member (Engineer) Commodore Kahndaker Akter Hossain, Secretary Omar Faruk and Deputy Secretary Azizul Maula were present at the meeting, among others.