Chittagong Seaport clinched a record of 2 million twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) unit container handling. The port made a target of attaining 20 lakh TEU container handling by 2016, but it has achieved the goal one year earlier.
The Chittagong Port Authority made it public at a press conference at a city hotel on Sunday. Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan was present at chief guest at the press conference.
The minister said the Chittagong port started its journey when the reconstruction activities began in the country after independence under the leadership of Bangabandhu. This port is a successful organization, which is run with its own resources, he added.
Members of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Shipping Ministry MA Latif and Mamtaz Begum, Shipping Secretary Ashok Madhab Roy and Chittagong Port Authority Chairman Rear Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed were present at the press conference, among others.
Shajahan Khan said the average growth of container handling in Chittagong port was 11 percent in last 20 years. The container holding capacity of the port has been increased to 40,000 TEU from 30,000 TEU because of a rise in container handling by 7 lakh TEU in last three years, he added.
The minister said computerized container terminal management system has been introduced for proper container handling with modern technology in Chittagong Port. Not only Chittagong port development is being carried out in all sectors in the country since assuming power by Bangabandhu's daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he added, according to BSS. -Mithun