Decisions Agreed to Invigorate Ctg Port
Tuesday, 28 September 2010

The Regulator of Chittagong seaport has decided to keep open its delivery order branch on weekend and other holidays and container supply gate up to 8pm every day to invigorate the port's activities.

Chittagong Port Authority made the decision at a meeting with the port users on Monday, its chairman RU Ahmed said at a press briefing.

The other decisions taken include opening a customs branch at the port access road, keeping the containers of the ships berthing at container terminal at NCT yard, removing the empty containers promptly, giving work order by Oct for installing six new container jetties, and strictly maintaining the shipment timeframe.

The decisions came a day after ruling party MP and Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry president MA Latif demanded resignation of the shipping minister and the CPA chairman for 'poor performance' of the country's main seaport. He made the demand while addressing a meeting of the port users at the CCCI auditorium on Sunday.

The CPA chairman claimed at the briefing that the performance of the port indeed improved in the last four months. He, however, admitted that recently the performance got worse for 'six reasons'.

Monday's meeting was the first one between the CPA and port users after the Awami League-led government assumed office in early 2009.

Representatives from Shipping Agents' Association, Bangladesh Readymade Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Shippers' Council, Chittagong Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bangladesh Inland Container Depots' Association, and Freight Forwader's Association were present at the meeting. But none was there from DCCI.

At the briefing the CPA chairman Ahmed referred to Latif's demand and said he would leave the port's job whenever the government wants.

A commodore of Bangladesh Navy, he is now on deputation at the CPA.


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