The Chattogram Port Authority (CPA) is soon due to receive 283.23 acres of land in order to develop the Matarbari Port. This will enhance Bangladesh’s cargo handling capacity.
Feeder Vessel Position: 10 vessels are working at berth, 3 vessels have discharged from port and 5 vessels are waiting at outer anchorage. The effects of the coronavirus lockdown are severely hampering export units in getting to vessels on time, with some shippers missing customer deadlines. The vessel waiting times at outer anchorage have significantly increased, as shown below:
- Gearless Vessel: 3-4 days
- Geared Deep Draught Vessel: 1-2 days
- Geared Shallow Draught Vessel: 1-2 days
Vessel Berthing Condition: Operating on shifts, the port is continuing to work through lockdown. Restricted import yard space is resulting in a drop in productivity; vessels are being delayed at berth as well as discharge.
Yard / Terminal Updates: At present, 37815 TEUs containers are laying in port, whereas capacity is 49018. Import containers are increasing day-by-day, however the discharge of import goods is not regular. The ratio of import discharge from vessel is 4214 TEUs and delivered 1170 TEUs from port.
SAPL Depot Condition: SAPL Depot are having trouble moving trailers from depot to port and from port to depot. It is taking 3-4 hours longer than normal, which is decreasing productivity as well as counting the shut out from vessels. Over the last couple of weeks, SAPL and other depots have not been getting the laden discharge programme from vessels due to import discharge delay. Depots are counting shut out and having trouble sending laden units at the last moment once receiving the programme from vessels. Around 2000+ TEUs are in SAPL at present, which are laying with and without vessel projection.
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