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New Mooring container terminal opens

The New Mooring Container Terminal at the Chittagong Port got going formally on Saturday.

Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan formally opened the container terminal by releasing balloons into the air at 4.30 pm.

Chittagong City Corporation mayor AJM Nasir Uddin, local lawmaker MA Latif MP, Chittagong Port Authority chairman Rear Admiral Nizam Uddin, private berth operator Saif Powertec’s managing director Tarafdar Ruhul Amin, local business people, trade body leaders and port users were present on the occasion.

The minister said apart from the killers of 1971 brought under trial the people who resorted to killing and arson during the period from 2013 to 2015 would also be brought to book.

“I would request the Prime Minister to constitute another crimes tribunal to try the killers and perpetrators of the dreadful acts during 2013-15,” he said adding that BNP chief Khaleda Zia was now hatching a conspiracy in London to kill Sheikh Hasina.

The one kilometre long five-berth container terminal had awaiting containerised cargo handling for the last seven years as its construction was completed in December 2007 in the New Mooring area of the country’s prime seaport.

It is the port’s biggest cargo handling terminal. The Saif Powertec in a joint venture with two co-operators would handle containerised cargoes at the berths 4 & 5 while Saif Powertec would exclusively operate cargo handling at berths 2 & 3.

The MH Chowdhury Ltd owned by Chittagong City Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin and A&J Enterprise owned by ruling Awami League MP Ekramul Karim of Noakhali have 30 per cent stake each in the cargo handling at the berths 4 & 5 with the remaining 40 per cent stake going to the Saif Powertec.

The Chittagong Port Authority has signed two separate contracts for handling of cargoes at four berths of the NCT for the next two years. The contract for berths 4 and 5 was signed on June 25 last and that for berths 2 and 3 was signed on September 23 last.

The concerned private operators said they had already procured the required container movers and other equipment while other heavy equipment would be provided by the CPA.
Source: The Financial Express

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