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Main Bangladesh port to computerise transactions

DHAKA, July 11 (Reuters) - The main port in Bangladesh, Chittagong, will be fully computerised for all commercial transactions by early next year, a senior port official said on Saturday.

Cargo handling at the port rose 2.3 percent in 2008, compared with the previous year, to a record 27.6 million tonnes while container handling increased 9.3 percent to 958,020 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units).

"We are working fast to computerise the whole transactions of the port so that traders can book or take delivery of consignments in shortest possible time," Commodore R. U. Ahmed, chairman, Chittagong Port Authority told a television channel.

Transactions at the customs department of the port were computerised last year.

Chittagong port handles about 80 percent of the country's external trade and generates more than 80 percent of the total customs revenue earnings from external trade, officials said.

The customs revenue earnings at the port port rose 11 percent to a record 154.75 billion taka ($2.24 billion) in the financial year to June 2009.

($1 = 69.06 taka)
 

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Bangladesh commits to $1.9 bln deep-sea port plan

DHAKA, July 14 (Reuters) - Bangladesh said on Tuesday it was committed to building a $1.9 billion deep-sea port to handle the country's growing external trade and increase regional transit facilities.

"The government will definitely expedite the scheme, which was an election pledge of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," Shipping Minister Afsarul Amin told reporters.

Hasina took charge in January this year and revived the deep-sea port plan, which was in cold storage during the rule of an army-backed interim government that ruled the country for two years from January 2007.

"Our experts are working on a feasibility study conducted recently by a foreign firm, to start building the deep-sea port," Amin said.

Pacific Consultants International (PCI) of Japan submitted a study report on the feasibility of the deep-sea port, proposed by the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA), in April.

The cost for the port, to be built by 2055 in three phases, was re-estimated at $1.9 billion from $1.2 billion earlier as a result of rising prices for construction materials and other logistical needs.

The port will be set up in the Bay of Bengal near the country's main Chittagong port, where cargo handling rose 2.3 percent in 2008 from the previous year to a record 27.6 million tonnes, while container handling increased 9.3 percent to 958,020 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units).

CPA will fund 30 percent of the port's estimated building cost, with the rest collected under a local private-public partnership scheme and loans from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

Amin said the government expected private firms to invest in the scheme along with the government.

"It (the port) is feasible because the seaport will also be a regional hub for Nepal, Bhutan, southern China, Myanmar and the northeastern region of India," Amin said.

When completed, port officials said annual container handling capacity will rise to 3.0 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit) and bulk cargo handling will rise to 100 million tons.

The first phase of the deep-sea port, to be completed by 2016, will have two harbours of nine 300-metre (long) jetties along with the required infrastructure and back-up facilities, port officials said, quoting the PCI study report.

The second phase, to be completed by 2035, would see two more harbours with the same specifications. The deep-sea port would have six harbours when the third phase is completed by 2055, they said.

The study proposed 40-kilometres (25 miles) of railway tracks and roads to help connect the deep-sea port with Chittagong and Cox's Bazar resort town.
 

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Bangladesh shipbuilders win US$355m deals
Published: 2009/07/27

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s leading shipbuilders have won deals worth US$355 million (US$1 = RM3.54) to supply over 30 smaller ocean-going ships to shipping firms in Germany by next year-end, officials said yesterday.

“German shipowners have already ordered Bangladeshi shipbuilders to supply more than 30 ships worth e250 million (e1 = RM5.01),” Frank Meyke, German ambassador to Bangladesh told reporters.

The ships, with a deadweight tonnage of 4,100-4,800, are contracted to be supplied by the end of next year. — Reuters
 

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Bangladesh port handles record tonnage in 2008-09

DHAKA, July 27 (Reuters) - Cargo handling at Bangladesh's main Chittagong port rose 5.28 percent to a record 30.48 million tonnes in the fiscal year to June, port officials said on Monday.

The port handled 28.95 million tonnes in the previous fiscal 2007-08 (July-June) year, the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) said in a statement.

The cargo handled in the immediate past fiscal year included 26.72 million tonnes of imports and 3.76 million tonnes of export shipments, including containers.

"Efficient management, absence of labour unrest and the introduction of fast moving equipment contributed a lot to the increased cargo handling," Syed Farhaduddin, secretary of the CPA, told Reuters.

Bangladesh imports mainly foodgrains, petroleum products, edible oil, sugar, fertiliser and cements and exports mostly readymade garments, jute, jute goods, frozen foods, urea and naphtha.

Container handling increased 10 percent to 1.1 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in the year from 1.0 million TEUs in the previous year.
 

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Penang and Chittagong in sister port talks
By ANDREA FILMER Published: Tuesday January 19, 2010 MYT 2:47:00 PM

GEORGE TOWN: The ports in Penang and Chittagong in Bangladesh are currently in discussions to become sister ports in an effort to enhance co-operation between them.

Penang Port Commission (PPC) chairman Tan Cheng Liang said the managements of both ports had been in talks over the proposal and the commission hoped that a memorandum of understanding could be inked soon.

“As I understand, the management of the Penang port has been in contact with its counterparts in Chittagong pertaining to this proposal and I am very confident that it will materialise soon,” Tan said in a speech during a visit from Bangladesh Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan to the Swettenham Pier and North Butterworth Container Terminal Tuesday.

In his speech, Shahjahan said he welcomed the sister port suggestion.

“We welcome the idea of a sister port relationship to enhance co-operation to increase trade and commerce between our two countries.

“Bangladesh is a developing country and we have come here to get a greater understanding about the running of a modern port.

“We hope to gain some knowledge to develop our own maritime sector, especially our two main seaports,” he said.

He later told reporters that he expected a deal to be signed soon, but would first seek approval from Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to develop the relationship.

Penang previously signed a sister port pact with the Siam seaport in Thailand, while the Penang port will be Chittagong’s first sister port if such an agreement is signed.
 

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Malaysian firm bags Chittagong dredging job
By Kamarul Yunus Published: 2011/06/13
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_News/BTIMES/articles/CITAGONG/Article/index_html

KUALA LUMPUR: Privately-owned Malaysian Maritime and Dredging Corp Sdn Bhd (MMDC) has been awarded a 2.3 billion taka or RM100 million contract to carry out capital dredging work at Chittagong port in Bangladesh.

The company, represented by its director and corporate adviser Datuk Abdul Rahman Mohd Noor signed an agreement with Chittagong Port Authority in Chittagong, Bangladesh, which was represented by its chairman Commodore M Anwarul Islam on April 28.

MMDC was selected for the works through tender with the lowest proposal of 2.3 billion taka. The project will be undertaken by tapping into the port authority's own funds.

"We have secured the contract as a main contractor through a pre-qualifying process and subsequent tender bidding.

"We are doing the preliminary work," a MMDC spokesman said in response to Business Times' email query.

According to news reports in Bangladesh, the project includes lifting of 3.5 million cubic metres of sand from 2.6km area of the Karnaphuli river at the downstream of the port's jetty, the construction of a 2.6 km long riverbank protection and a 400m jetty.

The Bangladeshi Shipping Ministry approved the project on October 19 2009.

The spokesman said work on the project is expected to take off within this month for a 20 month period. It was projected that the Chittagong port's capacity would increase due to the dredging work and the riverbank protection project as the ship gridlock at the port is expected to reduce remarkbly.

Besides, the guide wall would be built evicting all the illegal installations along both sides of the Karnaphuli river.

MMDC was formed in June 2002, with the aim of engaging in activities related to the marine engineering industry, specifically to provide specialise marine engineering services includes dredging, land reclamation, and construction of jetties, wharves breakwaters, and other coastal protection units.

The company is also being set up to create, expand and enhance Bumiputera expertise in marine engineering; to undertake privatisation schemes; and enter into design and construction agreements in Malaysia and overseas, in particular the East Asian region.
 

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Ctg port container-handling marks 24-plus pc growth in 2010-2011
27 June 2011
The Financial Express (Bangladesh)

Bangladesh, June 27 -- FE Report

The country's premier port of Chittagong has witnessed a record growth of 24-plus per cent in container-handling mainly due to a robust surge in export in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year, port officials said Sunday.

Chittagong port handled 1.3 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) during the first 11 months of the ongoing fiscal year against 1.09 million TEUs in the same period in 2010.

Port officials said the port's average container-handling growth was on an average 14 per cent over the past two decades since the 1990s.

Terminal manager of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) Enamul Karim said: "This is a record growth of container handling by the port."

He said the country's 40 per cent export merchandise growth was the main reason behind the impressive surge. "The import of raw materials, especially fabrics imports, also increased during the period," he added.

The port's cargo-handling rose significantly, 22 per cent, to 41.3 million tonnes during the first 11 months of the fiscal year against 33.9 million tonnes in the same period in 2010.

Port officials said food grains and cement clinker imports have risen significantly during the period, while sugar import declined. The food grains (rice and wheat) imports have surged nearly 15 per cent and cement clinker around 11 per cent during the period.

They, however, said the country's exporters have shipped 681764 TEUs during the period against import of 675805 TEUs.

The number of empty containers (import) was 22619 TEUs during the period and export containers (empty) was 34092 TEUs.

Chittagong port handles nearly 92 per cent of the country's around 40 billion-dollar external trade.
 
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