Ctg port goes online from today
Author / Source : NURUL AMIN
CHITTAGONG, OCT 9: Chittagong Port, the country’s principal sea port, introduces container terminal management system, or CTMS, from Monday, partially.
Syed Farhaduddin Ahmed, secretary of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) confirmed it Sunday. He said, “But we have kept the RMG cargo out of the system for the next one month as per BGMEA request.”
Nasiruddin, first vice president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, has hailed such automation.
He said, “We welcome, but we are not well- equipped to cope with the system due to power crisis and weak road communication.” He demanded that the government improve the situation as early as possible.
The modern digitalised system will be enforced today for Chittagong Container Terminal and New Mooring Container Terminal and from Wednesday for General Cargo Berth. CPA sources say the port handles RMG cargo more than 80 per cent of the total cargo.
The CPA took up the CTMS project with the financial assistance from Asian Development Bank in 2008.
Under the system, a total of 96 PC and 24 servers have been installed in General Cargo Berth, Chittagong Container Terminal and New Mooring Container Terminal.
CPA had taken the step in handling of containers in the private ICDs in 1990 in order to ease operational activities of the Chittagong Port.
Since then, 12 ICDs have been developed in the private sector.
All of them have been constructed within 20 miles of the Chittagong Port areas.
Meanwhile, the port users said private ICDs are not equipped with a modern system, which hinders smooth functioning of the Chittagong Port.
Besides, infrastructural facilities, including road communication, power and other systems are not sufficiently developed to cope with the CTMS.
Under this system, loading and unloading of containers from ships will be conducted on on-line billing.
The CPA management in an earlier circular advised the stakeholders that with the introduction of CTMS, pre-advice of the export containers should be sent to the system through EDI and before 48 hours all export containers should reach the scheduled yard of the port.
The complete operational activities, including all payment of charges, will come to online networking system.