Ctg port’s October container handling sets record

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CHITTAGONG, Nov 2, 2017 (BSS)- Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has set a new record in container handling in a single month during Oct 2017, breaking all previous records of container handling.

Port sources said in October the port handled about 2.36 lakh 415 TEUs containers which is a record in a month in port history. The authority also handled 312 vessels on October last which has created a new record since the port’s inception.

According to port sources, 2.30 lakh 725 TEUs container vessels were handled on August 2017, which set the highest record of container handling in the past.

Omar Faruk, Secretary to the CPA told BSS that a number of projects have increased the ports inner berth, besides, construction of new north yard beside Rubi cement and procurement of heavy modern handling equipments helped to break all previous records of container handling.

CPA has introduced strict limits on how long a ship may remain in port, aiming at quicker loading and unloading of containers to reduce acute congestion and improve productivity during the period, he added.

Port user’s sources said the import, export trade is gradually increasing day by day through Chittagong Port and 92% import, export trades are being handled through this port. Sources said the berthing of cargo laden vessels is increasing day by day in this port. According to port sources, 23.3 lakh TEUs container vessels were handled in 2016.

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