Chittagong fights congestion as backlog extends to 12-day wait

26th July 2017

GEARLESS containerships suffer 12-day waits for berths at Chittagong since May after bad weather, equipment shortages with two cranes damaged in a ship collision, reports Singapore's Splash 24/7 marine news portal.

The Chittagong Port Authority has convened meetings with local port operators, shipping lines and agents to mitigate the chaos.

Bigger ships will now be allowed to call at night, when more space can be assigned to containers at nearby yards.

The port authority is also pressuring customs to clear three-rubber-tyred gantry cranes so that they can be installed and put to work.

The port authority hopes severe congestion will be over in two weeks at Chittagong, a draft constrained river port, which accounts for 90 per cent of Bangladeshi international seaborne traffic.

The port's two container terminals, handled 2.3 million TEU last year, which is well above its 1.7 million TEU design capacity.