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CPA Chairman pledges to turn Ctg Port into business - friendly

By Chittagong Bureau
09th-Mar-2018       
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Newly assigned  Chairman of  Chittagong Port Authority (CPA)  Commodore Zulfiqar Aziz expressed  his desire to turn the principal seaport of the country- Chittagong  Port  into a business -friendly port.
 Since his assigning as CPA chairman  he undertakes  the some  immediate tasks on priority basis so as to tackle the  situation towards continuous port's progress the views shared with the different trade personalities and port users in the meantime. He also formulated a short term planning to sustain the continued progress of cargo handling  of which implementation process in hand .
CPA chairman disclosed it to media personalities   in an  interview recently . He also told that  at present there are no new berths and terminal than existing and I should go  ahead with the existing berths and terminals to sustain the  continous  progress.
Therefore, in this short term planning, handling of  bulk cargo and  containers should be speed up on priority basis. While asked about his short term planning told this correspondent that three major  tasks i.e. container delivery, cargo loading in container(stuffing) and cargo unloading from container (unstuffing) will be relocated from present port shed to Bay Terminal site and the  implementation process of  new plans now in hand. He also hoped that  the new formula of cargo handling from Bay Terminal  instead of Port shed may be from June 2019 .
About Bay Terminal, CPA Chairman told that Govt already acquisioned  7 acres of land for CPA where  . yard construction will be undertaken  on priority basis and the yard  jurisdiction will be expanded  further after more acquisition  of land  . He further said after transfer of container delivery yard, stuffing, unstuffing of cargos to will be Bay terminal, the existing port yard will be divide d  into two zones i.e. one for import cargos and other for  export consignments come from private depots. As a result huge spaces inside the port sheds will be cleared from congestion where cargo handling can be  undertaken smoothly in a speedy way.  Commodore Aziz opines the average stay of a container vessel in port will be lessen by 24 hours than the present average stay of 54 hours and annual vessel handling  will increase by double if the new d e vice of  handling is affected . He firmly  told that if the new plans is implemented , there will be  no need of new berths  at  this moment  till  constructions of new terminal.
While asked about the ongoing projects of CPA, he told that   in the meantime, construction of Patenga Termianl at Laldiarchar already started under overall supervision of  Engineering Corp of Bangladesh Army which will be completed for operation  on December 2019 next.
 Meanwhile a bulk terminal at Laldiarchar  under Public Private partnership formula  already approved by the concerned authority in the meantime and  documents processing for PPP including foreign investment in the project  now undergoing.  While asked about the non-enlisting in  the priority  programmes of Prime Minister regarding Bay Terminal, CPA chief told despite non-enlisting in first track programs, the project work is progressing fast and in the meantime  land aquisation work already  completed.  Port Chairman further told that  beside the constructions of terminals, berths , we should deploy the new modern equipments of handling like other  developed ports  for accelerate the handling activities.
He disclosed that modern handling equipment for about Tk.1200 crores already procured from abroad. He told that out of 52  types of equipments, agreement signed with foreign companies  for 42 types of equipments.  He further disclosed that 6 new gantry cranes  will be added with the present equipments by this year.
On the other hand , the r eparing of  two inoperative cranes now under progressing which will be deployed  in operation by end of this year, as a result total 8 gantry cranes will go into functioning this year in addition of existing cranes.
Port chairman also clarifies the reasons of  Govt Procurement Policy (DPM)  for procurement of  equipments  for CPA and said  the procurement of equipments will be done through open tender  system from next.  
About the  over stay of foreign vessels at outer berths  lack of  lighter vessels or berth problems which causes the financially to importers  as well as  jeopardizing the reputations of Chittaong Port, he said.
  Mercentile Marine Department is looking after this  portions of port activities. However, CPA  is  mulling to speed up this unloading  activities in outer berths  and  to get rid of this problems.  CPA is constructing a  terminal  beside the Patenga Incontrade Ltd Depot where 4 berths will be constructed for smooth berthings of lighter vessels , he added.
 Port Chairman further told that 5 jettis (berths)  are now under construction at Sadarghat old terminal and hoped that these berths will be operated very shortly where lighter vessels will unload the cargos from  mother vessels.
 Lastly Port chairman hoped that the prevailing  activities of the port  will be eased  gradually  in coming days  after the implementation of short term planning  and continuous progress will be sustained .

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