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CPA suspends its operation, issues Red Alert 3

  • Published at 11:01 pm November 8th, 2019
Chittagong port
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Under the influence of Cyclonic storm Bulbul, the activities of CPA have already been stopped from Friday 12pm

Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has suspended its all sorts of operations as the Met Office raised the danger signal no. 6 for the Chittagong port.

Loading and unloading of containers and delivery of consignment from vessels at inner berth of Chittagong Port have also been suspended from Friday evening following the hoisting of danger signal no-6, CPA Secretary Mohammad Omar Faruk said.

Chittagong Port has issued Red Alert 3 within the port areas including outer berth after a cyclone preparedness meeting held at Bandar bhaban this evening, he added, reports BSS. 

CPA also instructed the vessels to take shelter in Karnaphuli channel near the Shah Amanat Bridge. The bigger vessels in outer anchorage are being moved to Kutubdia channel and Cox’s Bazar coast. 

On Friday at 2pm, an official of the Lighter Ship Owners Association, confirming the news of suspending the delivery of consignment from mother vessels at outer said, all small vessels and boats have been asked to take shelter in a safer place immediately.

Vice-President of Lighter Sramik Union Mohammad Nabi Alam said the unloading of consignment from vessels at outer berth is going to be closed immediately and the lighter vessels in the Bay will take shelter in safer place in the Karnaphuli channel.

The port official said cargo handling in inner berth continued till 4pm and after the danger signal No 6 was announced, the cargo handling in inner berths was also suspended. 

The bigger vessels were also asked to keep the engine running round-the-clock and all fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain in shelter till further orders.

Under the influence of Cyclonic storm Bulbul, the activities of CPA have already been stopped from Friday 12pm, CPA Secretary Mohammad Omar Faruk said.

The vessels, anchored at the jetties, are being taken to safer places, especially in outer anchorage, with a view to protecting the jetties from any impending destruction likely to be caused by the cyclone, he added.

According to the special weather bulletin of the met office, the severe cyclonic storm Bulbul over west-central Bay and adjoining east-central bay moved northwards, intensified further and now lies over northwest bay and the adjoining west-central bay.