Chittagong Port Authority will soon go paperless

The CPA chairman said so while addressing an exchange of views with journalists at Chattogram Port’s Munshi Fazlur Rahman Auditorium on Tuesday noon.

The CPA organized the exchange of views on the occasion of the port’s 136th anniversary.

“We are developing 50 software modules to automate the work of various departments of the port to make the CPA an international standard port,” said the CPA chairman.

The CPA chair said they implemented the scheme, titled “Restructuring a One-Stop Service Center: A Sustainable Solution to Combat the Pandemic Situation at the CPA.”

He also said customs and freight forwarding agents could pay port dues through the system, and they could also submit delivery orders, verify invoices, prepare invoices, pay bills, issue port clearances and cart tickers.

Bangladesh made history Tuesday by docking larger ships with record drafts.

The Panama-flagged MV Owusu Maru, a 229-meter long and 12.5-meter draft carrying 67,000 tons of coal loaded from Tarahan in Indonesia, docked at the Matarbari Terminal Coal Jetty at 3:42 p.m. Tuesday on, said the CPA chairman.

“The Chattogram port has increased capacity to 55,000 TEU containers at 5.90 m² yards. Once the Bay Terminal, Matarbari Port Development and Patenga Terminal open, it will help increase the port’s capacity,” he said.

“The Chattogram District Administration delivered documents covering 67 acres of land to the Port of Chattogram for the Bay Terminal project in October 2021. We have asked the Department of Lands, through the Department of Shipping, to allocate 803 acres of land at a nominal price for the Bay Terminal project,” he said.

‘Bay terminal channels have no bends. Therefore, ships with a draft of 10 to 12 meters can dock there,” he said.

The initial cost of the project was estimated at Tk 21,000, he said.

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