Another private jetty came to the aid of the port of Chattogram as it allowed the country’s largest port to use the facility to anchor bulk carriers carrying heavy items.
Karnaphuli Ship Builders Ltd completed construction of its sister ship, Karnaphuli Dry Dock, at Anwara upazila last month.
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A bulk cargo ship, the Giulia-1, carrying 23,000 tonnes of wreckage, imported by steelmaker BSRM Group, landed at the jetty on July 28 and began unloading cargo.
This was the second jetty of the private land dock since he built the first one in March this year. The CPA has been using it since March 30.
CPA President M Shahjahan said he had given permission to the Karnaphuli Dry Dock dock to build the jetties on condition that the port would use them when empty.
“We are now using both piers. As a result, we have been able to accommodate two additional ships.”
Ships, especially bulk ships arriving with scraps for the steel industry, have to wait for days at the external mooring due to lack of piers.
In most cases, ships loaded with debris must unload all their cargo at the external berth with the help of lighter vessels. As a result, importers have to incur additional costs to hire smaller vessels. Unloading also takes time.
“The two jetties came as a relief as they help us accommodate two bulk scrap boats at the same time,” said CPA Traffic Director Enamul Karim.
Currently, the CPA can accommodate up to seven general berths (GCBs) to accommodate six ships in bulk. The other 12 jetties are dedicated to handling container vessels.
The CPA is still reluctant to allow heavy cargo ships to use GCB jetties as they age. It did not allow garbage ships to arrive at the port from 1 July.
So far, eight ships have docked at the first Karnaphuli Dry Dock jetty since March 30. About 1.50 tons of clippings have been unloaded so far.
Both piers can accommodate two ships up to 180 meters long each, said M. Abdur Rashid, CEO of Karnaphuli Ship Builders.
“The port can now reduce the waiting time of ships and generate revenue by using our piers,” he said.
He said the connecting road from the jetties to Chaturi, Anwara via Chittagong Urea Fertilizer Ltd should be widened and renovated to allow trucks to travel while transporting imported goods.
The Giulia-1, with 33,000 tons of debris, arrived at the external berth in mid-July. After unloading about 10,000 tons of cargo on smaller lighter boats there, it took a port on the second jetty of the Karnaphuli Dry Dock.
The unloading from the ship would have been completed by August 8, said Asif Iftekhar Hossain, director of Everett Bangladesh (Pvt) Ltd, the ship’s local agent.