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            june 23, 2018

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Work underway to build new container terminal at Port of Chittagong


Foundations were laid recently for new PRK18.6 billion (US$178.3 million) Patenga Container Terminal (PCT) in the Port of Chittagong.
Upon completion, the new terminal will have three 200-metre long container jetties, and the capacity to handle 4.5 million TEU a year.
The terminal will also feature a dolphin oil moorings for unloading oil, backward yards with capacity to store 4,500 TEU containers, road and rail links and other facilities.
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) is to build the new terminal that will help handle the huge annual growth in container and cargo throughput that the port has been experiencing. The engineering corps of Bangladesh Army has been given the task to execute the terminal development project.
Professor Dr Ashraf Ali of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), the consulting agency for the PCT, hoped that the new terminal would be completed by 2019, reported Dakha Daily Star.
CPA chairman M Khaled Iqbal said they had taken short, mid and long-term projects to enhance the port's capacity - constructing new terminals, and purchasing 46 pieces of equipment including four rubber-tyred gantry cranes over the last six months at a cost of PRK1.3 billion.
Though discussion about three other mega projects - Laldia Multi-purpose Terminal, Karnaphuli Container Terminal (KCT) and Bay Terminal - started a decade ago, no little progress was made, said MP MA Latif.
However, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan said the port authority had already taken initiatives to implement these projects. If the present government comes to power again, these projects will be completed, he said.

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