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CPA chairman pledges to turn Port into business friendly

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CCC Mayor A J M Nasir Uddin speaking at a coordination meeting with Cleanness Department as Chief Guest on Monday.

Chattagram Bureau :
Newly assigned  Chairman of  Chattagram Port Authority (CPA)   Commodore Zulfiqar Aziz expressed  his desire to turn the principal seaport of the country into a business friendly sea port in Asia .
 Since his assigning as CPA chairman he undertakes the some  immediate tasks on priority basis so as to tackle the  situation towards continuous port's progress the views shared with the different trade personalities and port users in the meantime. He also formulated a short term planning to sustain the continued progress of cargo handling of which implementation process in hand. CPA chairman disclosed it to  media personalities  while   exchanging views   recently.
 In the view exchanging  he stressed the need of constructions of  new berths, terminals without any    excuse to sustain the continuous  progress of cargo handling . He also told that  at present there are no new berths and terminal than existing and I should go  ahead with the existing berths and terminals to sustain the  continuous  progress  .
Therefore, in this short term planning, handling of  bulk cargo and   containers should be speed up on priority basis.
While asked about his short term planning told this correspondent that three major  tasks i.e. container delivery, cargo loading in container(stuffing) and cargo unloading from container(unstuffy) will be relocated from present port shed to Bay Terminal site and the  implementation process of  new plans now in hand. He also hoped that  the new formula of cargo handling from Bay Terminal  instead of Port shed may be from June 2019.
About Bay Terminal, CPA Chairman told that government already acquisioned 7 acres of land for CPA where yard construction will be undertaken  on priority basis and the yard  jurisdiction will be expanded  further after more acquisition  of land  . He further said after transfer of container delivery yard, stuffing, unstuffy of cargos to will be Bay terminal, the existing port yard will be divide d  into two zones i.e. one for import cargos and other for  export consignments come from private depots. As a result huge spaces inside the port sheds will be cleared from congestion where cargo handling can be  undertaken smoothly in a speedy way.  Commodore Aziz opines the average stay of a container vessel in port will be lessen by 24 hours than the present average stay of 54 hours and annual vessel handling  will increase by double if the new d e vice of  handling is affected . He firmly  told that if the new plans is implemented , there will be  no need of new berths  at  this moment   till  constructions of new terminal. Following the questions of embarkation and disembarkation  of a vessel, he told that minimum time 12 hours required for unloading of cargo and another  12 hrs need for disembarkation duly completion of all  necessary formalities of customs and port.
After calcutating the tide and ebb tide of sea,   total  36 hrs fixed  for a vessel to sail from port berths. Commodore Aziz further told that this short term planning is a temporary one to tackle the  continuing growth of CPA  till the new terminals comes under port.
While asked about the ongoing projects of CPA, he told BSS  in the meantime, construction of Patenga Termianl at Laldiarchar already started under overall supervision of  Engineering core of Bangladesh Army which will be completed for operation  on December 2019 next. Meanwhile a bulk terminal at Laldiarchar  under Public Private partnership formula  already approved by the concerned authority in the meantime and  documents processing for PPP including foreign investment in the project  now undergoing.  
While asked about the non-enlisting in  the priority  programs of Prime Minister regarding Bay Terminal, CPA chief told despite non-enlisting in first track programs, the project work is progressing fast and in the meantime  land aquisation work already  completed. Port chairman further told that  beside the constructions of terminals, berths , we should deploy the new modern equipments of handling like other  developed ports  for accelerate the handling activities. He disclosed that modern handling equipment for about Tk.1200 crores already procured from abroad.
He told that out of 52  types of equipments, agreement signed with foreign companies  for 42 types of equipments.  He further disclosed that 6 new gantry cranes  will be added with the present equipments by this year. On the other hand , the r eparing of  two inoperative cranes now under progressing which will be deployed  in operation by end of this year, as a result total 8 gantry cranes will go into functioning this year in addition of existing cranes. Port chairman also clarifies the reasons of  govt procurement policy (DPM)  for procurement of  equipments  for CPA and said  the procurement of equipment will be done through open tender  system from next.   

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