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State Minister emphasizes safeguarding Bangladesh's interests in international collaborations

  • Govt procuring 104 pieces equipment
  • Port currently has 18 gantry cranes in its fleet
Update : 15 Oct 2023, 06:12 PM

State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury has said it is imperative to safeguard Bangladesh's interests while fostering collaborations with international organizations.

He made the remarks during the inauguration of the new equipment at Chittagong port on Sunday afternoon.

When asked about foreign investment in the port jetty, the state minister said: "Bangladesh is advancing in sync with the global arena. We aim to showcase the extent of our capabilities to the world. The construction of the Padma Bridge exemplifies Bangladesh's prowess, and we intend to extend this message to the maritime sector.

"We are making significant progress with projects like Padma Bridge, the Matarbari Deep Sea Port, and Payra Port. Our operations at Bay Terminal have greatly improved. The upgraded equipment at Chittagong Port ensures smooth cargo handling, showcasing our capabilities. We're dedicated to enhancing our capacities and seeking collaboration not only within our country but also on a global scale. We warmly welcome organizations worldwide willing to work in Bangladesh's best interests. This is the government's policy," said the state minister.

When asked about the advantages of the Bangabandhu Tunnel for the shipping sector, he responded: "The global maritime industry is rapidly evolving, and a prosperous Bangladesh relies on a modern and thriving maritime sector. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has highlighted the need for substantial advancements in this sector, covering everything from skilled workforce to infrastructure."

A total of 104 machines, amounting to approximately Tk914 crore, are being acquired to enhance the operational efficiency of Chittagong port. Presently, 24 machines of seven different types, valued at about Tk393.33 crore, have already been integrated into the port's operations. The remaining equipment will be gradually incorporated.

The recently acquired equipment comprises four Gantry Cranes valued at Tk243 crore, six rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes worth Tk70 crore, four Reach Stackers worth Tk14 crore, four Variable Reach Trucks worth Tk25 crore, two Container Movers valued at Tk7 crore, two Mobile Cranes (100 tons) totalling Tk20 crore, and two Mobile Cranes (50 tons) at Tk11 crore. Including the recently purchased Gantry Cranes, the port currently boasts a fleet of 18 Gantry Cranes.

In the fiscal year 2022-23, Chittagong port handled 3,07,344 TEUs of containers, 11,82,96,743 tons of general cargo, and serviced 4,253 vessels.

Later, the state minister inaugurated the training simulator and a newly constructed 10-story, 32-unit officers' dormitory building at the Port Training Complex.

The simulators cost Tk23.10 crore, including expenses for repair, maintenance, training, and spare parts amounting to Tk1.87 crore.

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