CHATTOGRAM: Chattogram Port has stood on the 67th position slipping nine steps on the list of the world’s 100 leading busiest container ports prepared by the Lloyd’s List.
As per the survey of Lloyd’s List – one of the world’s oldest shipping journals, Chattogram Port was at the 58th position on the list last year.
Lloyd’s authority published the ranking titled ‘One Hundred Ports–2021’ on its website recently.
The pandemic-led recession followed by congestion and disruption in supply chain are behind the situation, the journal said.
The 2020 witnessed the first fall in combined throughput figures for the world's largest container ports since the impact of the 2008-2009 global financial crisis.
The total volume in 2020 stands over 632.2 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) witnessing a fall by 0.7 per cent against the previous occasion, it said.
Bangladesh’s principal port reports a significant dip in traffic as the coronavirus outbreak hits its substantial trade of ready-made garments, said the journal.
The Port of Shanghai in China kept its first position unchanged through handling 43503,400 TEU containers last year against 43303,000 TEUs of the previous year.
Singapore Port of Singapore also stood second while Jinzhou of China secured the 100th position, read the list.
Contacted, Bangladesh Shipping Agents Association (BSAA) Director Khairul Alam Suzan said the position is the impact of the corona pandemic throughout the world.
Largest ports and countries of the globe witnessed drastic fall in activities and export-import businesses following the spread of the lethal virus, he observed. The position doesn’t mean lack of capacity of the Chattogram port, said Suzan hoping that the premier seaport will surely go ahead again in the upcoming days.
It may be mentioned that Lloyd’s List started journey as a weekly journal containing shipping and port related news back in 1734. It was being published as a daily later. Since 2013, Lloyd’s List is being published in online version.
Lloyd’s List prepares list of top 100 container ports through conducting survey on the basis of container handling every year.