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Mongla Port enjoys 15-year high anchoring last week

2Bangladesh’s second largest sea port Mongla Port last week saw an anchoring of 15 goods-laden vessels, the highest in the past 15 years.

Nine more vessels are also expected to arrive at the port this week.

According to the Mongla Port Authority, a total of 15 mother vessels anchored at the Pashur Channel last week. Four of them were already unloaded while 11 others were in the process of being unloaded.

“The port users are satisfied with the recent buzz of activities and the increase of ships anchoring,” said Md Saiful Islam, secretary general of Coordination Committee of Mongla Port Users.

He said: “If the present anchoring momentum lasts, it will help expedite the development activities of the south-western parts (of the country).”

Saiful Islam said new industries were being set up in the area following the government initiatives to construct Khan Jahan Ali Airport and Padma Bridge.

He said both local and foreign investors were using the port now at a greater scale.

MPA Chairman Rear Admiral Reaz Uddin Ahmed told Dhaka Tribune that Nepal and Bhutan expressed interest to use the port.

He believed that the economic activities at the port would increase by manifold after the completion of Padma Bridge, Khan Jahan Ali Airport and Khulna-Mongla railway projects.

MPA chairman said the government took initiatives to establish economic zone on a 205-acre land adjacent to the port.

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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