For the past 40 days, the Chittagong port has been able to provide anchorage to container ships leading smooth delivery of imports.
Previously during Eid-ul-Azha holidays and countrywide lockdown, vessels carrying containers had to wait for 7 to 8 days rising from average container staying from 5 to 6 days.
As stated by the director (traffic) of the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA), the decision of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to temporarily send import-laden containers to private inland container depots (ICDs) for delivering goods till August 31 clearing the port’s yards within two weeks.
The New Mooring Container Terminal with it’s 5 jetties providing anchorage to 25 more vessels. The chief operating officer of Saif Maritime Limited also stated that 10 to 12 jetties out of 18 total have provided anchorage to container vessels since July.
The director (traffic) of the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) stated all of these factors have contributed to keeping the yard’s occupancy rate to a reasonable level from congested level.