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Chittagong port achieves congestion, productivity improvements


Port productivity and congestion issues have improved at Bangladesh's port of Chittagong with the installation of new equipment, the repair of one ship-to-shore gantry crane and increased container storage capacity.
Container vessel wait times is down to three days - a marked improvement from the 10 day waits several months ago, reported IHS Media.
The port, backed by 24-hour service and additional equipment, handled a record 245,324 TEU containers in March.
"We have collected some 51 units of different equipment recently," Chittagong port member Zafar Alam said. "Also, the port is providing service around the clock. So, we were able to handle the increased number of containers."
Mr Alam added that apart from additional equipment and repairing one ship-to-shore gantry crane, the port also increased its container storage capacity with the November opening of the South Container Yard that added space for 3,000 TEU.
Chittagong Port Users' Forum (CPUF) president Mahbubul Alam added that container handling congestion has been eliminated but bulk cargo handling remains problematic. Bulk cargo delays are mainly due to a shortage of lighterage vessels, which results in mother vessels waiting for weeks for cargo transfers.

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