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Biggest FDI for state-of-the-art shipyard in Patuakhali proposed​

Gentium-Damen to invest Tk14,000cr to build ships for global market​

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With a finance proposal of Tk14,000 crore in foreign direct investment, the biggest of its kind, the government is one step closer to realising its plan to build a state-of-the-art shipyard near the Payra seaport in Patuakhali.
Representatives from Singapore and Australia-based Gentium Solutions and Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards Group have presented the project proposal at a meeting with Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun at his office on Monday.
The Gentium-Damen delegation also handed over a feasibility study report – Developing a World Class Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Facility (WCSBF) in the Patuakhali District, conducted by EY India – to the industries minister, said sources at the ministry.


The report says Gentium-Damen will support the government's project by building high quality vessels in the country for the export market. Transfer of technology for specific areas of the shipbuilding process will be incorporated in dedicated and allocated shipbuilding projects at the facility.
As the shipbuilding industry is labour intensive, the WCSBF is expected to generate regional and macro employment opportunities. Thanks to the entry of industry experts like Gentium, Damen and their training programmes, the workforce in Bangladesh will have enhanced skills.
The project will contribute to developing a reliable and competitive supply chain which will produce top-notch vessels to compete in the global market, says a press release of the ministry.
"Damen is the leading ship building company in the world with 35 shipyards under their name around the world. The shipyard planned in Patuakhali will be their 36th," Gentium Solutions Advisor Md Kaikobad Hossain told The Business Standard last night.
"We presented our proposal to the government today [Monday] and are expecting the deal to be finalised within the next three-four months," he said.
"We had inked the agreement with the government on 14 January 2020. Then we hired EY India to conduct the feasibility study. The study took two years to finish," Kaikobad said.
He added that following the final nod, the Gentium-Damen consortium will move towards land development, which will roughly take up to three years.
"During land development, shipbuilding works will also go on through renting shipyards at Khuna and Chattogram," he added.
Damen plans to generate $2 billion of the global shipbuilding market of $200 billion from the Patuakhali shipyard and export vessels to 17 countries – which will play a vital role in the economy of Bangladesh.
"Damen, which has 90 years' experience in shipbuilding and 6,000 ships under its belt, has picked Bangladesh because of the availability of cheap labour," said Kaikobad.
"Once the proposed project is finalised, the Ministry of Industries or the Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation will procure land in the area adjacent to the Payra Port," Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun said.
He added that the government will extend all cooperation in setting up a world-class shipbuilding factory.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, during a visit to Patuakhali in 2014, announced the construction of a shipbuilding facility in the southern district.
In January 2020, an agreement was inked between the Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation and the Gentium-Damen Consortium Group after the latter proposed funding the project.
On Monday, the consortium made the official proposal for a Tk14,000 crore investment in the project.
The government has already allocated some 101-acre land close to the Payra port for the project.
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@Bilal9 maybe the dutch won the frigate deal ? anyway, good news boost to the industry
 

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@Bilal9 maybe the dutch won the frigate deal ? anyway, good news boost to the industry

Well Thanks very much for the sweets but frigate deal is still up in the air I think.

Too early to tell. :-)

This news only firms up the commitment for the yard Damen committed to build in an allotted piece of land in/around Payra Port.

Which may or may not be the place to build the frigates.

However - there are BN plans to develop part of the port as a major naval base for Navy as well as Coast Guard.

So 50/50 chance...we shall see.
 
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This guy is 70, retired and is a smashing commercial success in his Tk. Ten Million Honey Jujube (boroi) plantation. Lots of Jujube to make pickle.

 
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There can be five Unilevers in Bangladesh: Zaved Akhtar​

Zaved Akhtar, CEO and MD of Unilever Bangladesh Ltd.
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The fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market in Bangladesh has now surpassed Tk.30,000 crore. The annual growth is about seven to eight percent.

With rapid urbanization and increasing income, there is a lot of potential for this market in Bangladesh. Unilever Bangladesh Ltd. tops the largest segments like beauty and personal care, home care and foods and refreshments, with an aggregate share of around 60 percent.

Zaved Akhtar, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh Ltd, sat down with The Business Standard and spoke about the country's rapidly expanding FMCG market and Unilever's contribution and potential in the market.

The Business Standard: First, we want to know about the FMCG market of Bangladesh. What possibilities do you see?

Zaved Akhtar:
Unilever made a humble start in the market with just soap in 1964. From there, we have seen our market grow exponentially.

Higher disposable income, accelerated digitisation, media proliferation, the growing workforce and urbanisation are the critical drivers behind this growth.

Despite the relatively large size, there is significant headroom for the growth of FMCG in Bangladesh. For instance, in the categories where Unilever operates in Bangladesh, the per capita consumption is $23. In India, it is about $40. In the Philippines, it is more than $100.

So you can imagine the opportunity we have in the market here. In fact, we could create four or five more Unilevers in Bangladesh, but that will still be the tip of the FMCG iceberg if you know what I mean.

In our business, we look at a de-averaged Bangladesh and divide the country into two deltas, i.e., East of Padma and Brahmaputra and West of Padma and Brahmaputra.

If we look over the last few decades, most of the FMCG growth has come from the East. As many of our megaprojects came to fruition and we connected the West with the rest of the country we will see a huge change in disposable income and this will lead to a consumption increase. So in short the opportunities for growing FMCG in Bangladesh is boundless.

Zaved Akhtar, CEO and MD of Unilever Bangladesh Ltd. Photo: Salahuddin Ahmed/TBS

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TBS: Tell us about your products and position in the FMCG market in the country.

ZA:
We are present in ten categories and are market leaders in nine of those. We have 28 purpose-led brands under those categories and have more than 335 SKUs (Stock Keeping Units). About 95 percent of our portfolio is manufactured in Bangladesh and we have a total of eight manufacturing hubs.

From the imported portfolio we source Dove soap the most from Germany. Similarly, many of the premium shampoos are sourced from India, the Middle East and Thailand. Besides, there are also some variants of Ponds, liquid detergents and toilet cleaners that are imported.

If we think about households, then we can say around nine out of ten households have our products. Directly we reach around 55 lakh retail stores and ensure that our products are available at every corner in Bangladesh.

The mantra behind growing our brands is through mental and physical reach. Through mental reach, we create consistent positioning and awareness of our brands and through physical reach, we ensure the availability of our brands.

To ensure that we cater to the demands of consumers, we consider the socio-economic pyramid so that we have something to offer to all consumer segments. For example, for basic and accessible cleaning we have 'Wheel' which is at the bottom of the brand pyramid. While for the growing middle-income households of Bangladesh we have 'Rin' and 'Surf Excel'.

TBS: The products you produce are used on the human body, are there health risks involved with the consumption of the products? There are many inferior and imitator products proliferated in the market. How do you see this in that context?

ZA:
Unilever globally spends more than a billion dollars on R&D. This investment is made to ensure that we are designing and developing products that cater to the consumer needs and are adapted for the local consumers and market.

For example, a skin cream is developed taking into consideration the local skin type and the climatic condition. Moreover, shampoos are designed considering different hair types and the problems that consumers have. These products not only adhere to international standards but also with local regulators, like the BSTI (Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institute) and the BFSA (Bangladesh Food Safety Authority).

The challenge in the market is with the spurious products that do not take consumer health and safety into consideration. These products are made out of hazardous chemicals that can have a long-term detrimental effect on our health.

For instance, there is widespread availability of mercury or hydroquinone based creams in the market. While these provide immediate results they have a long-term impact on health as they are all carcinogenic.

We have been working closely with the law enforcement agencies of the country to thwart all these knockoff brands and ensure consumer protection. Many of our brands carry consumer awareness campaigns to raise awareness as it is critical to stop the spread of such harmful products.

Zaved Akhtar, CEO and MD of Unilever Bangladesh Ltd. Photo: Salahuddin Ahmed/TBS
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TBS: Is the decision to call a shampoo halal or hijab-centred necessary to cater to religious consumers or is there another explanation?

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ZA:
If you look at Unilever's products, you will see that those are conceptualised to solve human problems. This is the same argument for the 'Hijab Refresh' shampoo.

Our heads are constantly accumulating sweat. When someone is wearing a hijab, then the sweat gets trapped inside and does not evaporate and creates musty hair. Our hijab-focused shampoo is designed to solve the aforementioned problem. Our philosophy has always been to understand a consumer's problem and then look for ways to solve it.

TBS: How did Covid-19 affect your business? How did you face it?

ZA:
The pandemic had taken agility to a whole new level. So when it broke out, we had to quickly adapt and pivot to a new one based on five pillars.

The first of those was around people. We gave utmost importance to this so that our inner and outer core team stayed protected against the pandemic.

Secondly, we saw how demand patterns had changed. So we shifted focus to products for which demand had increased and contained those that had seen a decrease in consumption. People were keener on hygiene and nutrition solutions and investing less in discretionary categories like beauty.

The fourth is about cash. During any crisis, we must conserve cash. As a business, we looked at all opportunities to cut down discretionary spending, delay some capital expenditure and ensure that we can direct investment and expenses for the most relevant tasks.

Fifth was that we worked with the community. We took initiatives to raise health awareness at a community level, supplied critical health-related materials like testing kits, BiPAP machines to ICDDRB and Sajida Foundation and oxygen concentrators to the civil surgeons' offices across all 64 districts in the country.

We partnered with 36 small and big partners like Niketon, BRAC, UNWOMEN, UNICEF, the Army Welfare Trust and many more. During the coronavirus period, Unilever Bangladesh spent Tk100 crore for the community.

TBS: Now that Omicron is sweeping through the world. How do you assess the new threat in the way of economic recovery?

ZA:
We are likely to be moving from pandemic to endemic and we now have to learn to survive with these. No one knows when the pandemic will end.

Maybe something new will come after Omicron. We cannot afford to continue to be completely insular and stay at home. We must find ways of adapting preventive behaviour and become more hygiene conscious so that we can continue our lives and livelihood.

TBS: How do you view your business after acquiring GSK?

ZA: It was an investment of Tk2,200 crore which we made amidst the Covid-19. We have been able to successfully integrate the business and leverage the scale and expertise of the business to make it grow exponentially.

Just for perspective, the market capitalization post-acquisition has grown by 57 percent. Horlicks is a fantastic product and it is committed to fighting all sorts of malnutrition in this country. We are very optimistic about the portfolio.

TBS: Unilever is listed in almost all countries of the world. Why is it not the same case for Bangladesh?

ZA:
Unilever Consumer Care Limited, the erstwhile GSK Bangladesh Limited is a listed company in Bangladesh. On the other hand, Unilever Bangladesh is a private limited company with 39.25 percent ownership by the Government of Bangladesh while the rest is held by Unilever Global. Typically listing is done to raise capital for expansion.

Unilever Bangladesh has so far been fortunate enough to expand its footprint using its own fund and hence the need did not arise to list. Should there be a need at an opportune moment in the future I am sure the Unilever Bangladesh board will evaluate.

TBS: What is the investment climate in the country and what are your plans?

Zaved Akhtar, CEO and MD of Unilever Bangladesh Ltd. Photo: Salahuddin Ahmed/TBS

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ZA: We started in 1964 with only one soap line, and today we have got eight manufacturing hubs across the country.

The potential and opportunities of Bangladesh are immense, and we are at a fantastic point where the demographic dividend itself will give us phenomenal returns. On top of it, the cost of entry is phenomenally low with a high return.

So, I believe Bangladesh is the next destination for any investor to really come in and enter now. Because if you do not enter, you will be too late, as simple as that.

I am a born optimist and I believe there is an opportunity within imperfection, and the reality is that today's world is filled with all the uncertainties. And Bangladesh is very similar and not different from operating anywhere else.

As an investor, I must be mentally prepared and not expect everything to be served on a platter. We are a growing economy, and there will be challenges and difficulties. But throughout all those things, we are able to grow a great business.

As mentioned earlier we bought GSK for Tk2,200 crore, making it the largest transaction in the history of a listed company. We believe that we will continue to invest in Bangladesh given the economic potential in the country and the growth headroom it possesses.

TBS: Unilever has launched 'Ushop' to bring vendors to the digital platform. How can a Bangladeshi retailer without technical knowledge take advantage of this platform?

ZA:
'Ushop' follows a B2C model, where a consumer orders products online and we directly fulfil them. We have a separate eRTM solution that enables the retailer to be connected and order at his own will. Today we have 160 thousand retailers wired up to this network. We believe over the next few years we can build a human-centred interface to leverage technology and ensure superior customer service.

TBS: Environmentalists are concerned with the impact of the proliferation of single and mini plastic packs on the environment. Many of your products are sold using the aforementioned packaging. What do you have to say in this regard?

ZA:
Plastic waste is a huge collective challenge and one that needs cross-sector collaboration. We are working on the matter internally and externally.

We now have 50 percent of the packaging circulating a recyclable system, and by the end of 2022, it will become 80 percent. This issue is very close to my heart and I review our plastic commitment progress every month.

Building a circular economy is critical to managing plastic waste and we are working with the government, development partners and other companies to build a circular economy for Bangladesh. Bottles or rigid plastics are already being recycled through various means.

The problem is the small or flexible plastics. In that regard, we are already working with the UNDP and the Narayanganj City Corporation to build a sustainable solution to collect the packages. We are committed to building strong plastic management for our country and bringing innovative solutions. I, as an individual, am committed to my children to help build a better world they can inherit.
 
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Bangladesh-Europe direct container ship movement opens new horizon: CPA Chairman

All the officials and employees of Chattogram port kept their activities 100% operational during the pandemic risking lives​


Rear Admiral M Shahjahan. Sketch: TBS

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Direct container ship movement from Bangladesh to Europe through Chattogram port has opened a new horizon in the export-import trade of the country, said Rear Admiral M Shahjahan, chairman of Chattogram Port Authority (CPA).

In an interview with The Business Standard, he said that recently a container ship has arrived at Chattogram port from the Port of Civitavecchia, Italy which has opened the door for direct container shipping from Bangladesh to Europe.

He talked about the record success of the port in achieving positive growth in container handling, cargo handling and ship handling in 2021 despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said the port was fully operational without any disruption and container and shipping congestion during the pandemic while many ports around the world struggled.

M Shahjahan thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her instruction to run the port keeping focus on both life and livelihood during the pandemic.

He also talked about the progress, challenges and plans of Chattogram port for the future. The interview was taken by Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury.

TBS: Chattogram port achieved positive growth even in the difficult time of Covid-19 exceeding all the previous records. How did that happen?

Rear Admiral M Shahjahan: The Prime Minister had instructed to operate the port focusing on both life and livelihood. We tried to implement those guidelines. That is why the Chattogram port has achieved record success in all areas including container handling, cargo handling, ship arrivals and turnaround time in 2021.

The operational activities of the port were in full swing during this time due to the concentration, planning and hard work of the port officials in coordination with the stakeholders. We kept the whole port operational with minimal manpower though the operations in different ports in different countries were stopped.

Who do you think played the key roles in these achievements?

All the officials and employees of the port kept their activities here 100% operational during the pandemic risking lives. We kept the situation normal with the help of all the stakeholders related to the port. However, we have lost 53 employees while trying to keep the port operational. Numerous officers and employees have also been infected by the virus.

Besides the port officials and employees, all types of port workers, shipping agents, C&F agents, freight forwarders, terminal operators, berth and ship handling operators also had a role to play. All the organisations concerned including the Navy and Coast Guard, District Administration, Highway Police, Customs, BGMEA, Chattogram Chamber, FBCCI had overall cooperation to keep the port activities running.

As a result of uninterrupted ship berthing at the port, turnaround time and waiting time have been reduced. The fixed operating costs, charter hire charges and insurance premiums for ocean-going ships have also come down. Different ports in the world imposed container surcharges due to congestion but Chattogram port did not have to do that as there was no clutter of ships or containers here. This has saved a lot of foreign currency.

According to a report by Singapore-based international piracy watchdog ReCAAP, there were no incidents of robbery in 2021 in the outer anchorage of Chattogram port. The credit goes to our Navy Coast Guard and Port Security for this.

Are there any initiatives to increase the connectivity of the Chattogram port with the developed world in container transport?

A ship has recently arrived at Chattogram port from the Port of Civitavecchia, Italy with containers. This has started direct container shipping from Bangladesh to Europe.

It has opened a new horizon for trading. In addition, an MoU has recently been signed between Ranong Port of Thailand and Chattogram Port. This will further enhance the economic relations between Bangladesh and Thailand. Coastal shipping activities between Bangladesh and Thailand will be started in near future under this MoU.

Container handling is increasing every year. What are the plans to increase container space and capacity in the yard?

Container handling at the port is on the rise. It is important to build a container yard at Chattogram port to keep pace with the growth of the country's imports and exports. With that in mind, the New Mooring Overflow Container Yard has been built. Besides, container yards have also been set up in the unused lands of the port.

Overflow Container Yard, which was inaugurated on 2 January this year, has a capacity of 4,000 TEUS. Through this, the capacity to hold containers in the port has been increased from 49,018 TEUS to 53,018 TEUS. Besides, a service jetty has been constructed for berthing of the fleet owned by Chattogram port, especially tugboats, speed boats, barges, dredgers, pilot boats etc.

At present, the port is in the 67th position in Lloyd's List. What could be the position of the port in 2021?

I hope the port's position will be 50th in 2021 as it has set a record in container handling.

What kind of incentives were given to the officers and employees to continue the activities of the port during the pandemic?

A proposal has been sent by the port for financial incentives which is awaiting approval from the ministry. The ministry has not yet said how much money will be paid.

Please, tell us about the progress of the Patenga Container Terminal project?

To increase the capacity of the port, the Patenga Container Terminal with a 600-meter-long jetty has been set up on 27.5 acres of land. Around 4,500 containers can be kept together in the 89,000 square meters inner yard. We have set a target of lifting 4.45 lakh containers annually. The activities of the terminal will start in mid-2022.

What is the progress of the Bay Terminal project?

The construction of the Bay Terminal, which is about four times bigger than the Chattogram port, is undergoing. Several foreign companies are interested in investing in this project. The ministry is studying their proposals. Besides, a feasibility study has already been completed for the construction of the terminal funded by Chattogram port.

The process of hiring a consulting firm for detailed drawing and design has been finalised. I hope this project will be operational in 2024. The future green port Bay Terminal is 6 km away from the Chattogram port. At the terminal, ships with a depth of 12 meters, a capacity of 6,000 containers and a length of more than 280 meters will be able to berth effortlessly.

This will save time and money. The turnaround time of the ships will also be reduced. If the terminal is built, 24 hours navigation would be possible.

How far has the Matarbari Deep Sea Port project progressed?

The official activities of the Matarbari Deep Sea Port Development Project started on 16 November 2020. The construction work is supposed to be completed in the middle of 2025. After that ships with a depth of 18 meters will be able to dock at the terminal of Matarbari port. This port can accommodate ships with 8,000 to 10,000 containers capacity. Initially, it is being designed to handle eight lakh containers.

Once the port is operational, large ships from any country will be able to come here directly and we would not need to rely on transit ports of other countries. It will also be able to facilitate transit and transhipment of goods to neighbouring countries which will play a significant role in the overall economic development of Bangladesh.

What are the social work that Chattogram port is doing for the betterment of people?

Chattogram port has been running different social and cultural institutions including five primary schools, two high schools, two colleges, one madrassa, and 11 maktabs for the people living in the surrounding areas. It has also built mosques, temples and pagodas. The port is going to open a school for children with special needs in a few days. The port also operates hospitals for port officials, employees and their family members.

The port also has a contribution to sports. Its cricket team won the title of Chattogram District Champion in 2019. Shahriar Alam, a student of Chattogram Port Sports Complex, has joined the under-19 national cricket team. The port authority has constructed an international standard eight-lane swimming pool.

The port authority has also provided various assistance to the people of the port area during the Covid-19 period.
 

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Ctg Port moves up to 58th position​


CHATTOGRAM: Chattogram Port has secured 58th position moving six steps up on the list of the world’s 100 leading busiest container ports

The list has been prepared by Lloyd’s, one of the world’s oldest shipping journal.

The ranking titled ‘One Hundred Ports–2020' was published on its website recently.

As per the List, Chattogram Port was at the 64th position last year.

With this, the country’s premier seaport moved 30 steps up within a span of one decade.

According to the information on the website, Chattogram Port handled 3088,187 twenty equivalent unit (TEU) containers in 2019 against the 2903,996 TEUs of 2018 and 2667,223 TEUs of 2017.

The port achieved a growth of 6.3 per cent in the container handling.

Shanghai Port of China kept its first position unchanged through handling 43303,000 TEU containers last year against 42010,200 TEUs of the previous year.

Singapore Port of Singapore also stood second while Taipei of Taiwan secured the 100th position like before, read the list.

Chattogram Port's flourishing export trade of ready-made garments continues to drive throughput numbers, said the journal.

When contacted, Chattogram Port Authority (CPA) Chairman Rear Admiral SM Abul Kalam Azad told the Daily Sun that government policy, relentless efforts by the concerned ministry and positive roles of the port stakeholders worked behind the achievement.

The under-construction Patenga Container Terminal will start operation next year, said the chairman.

Besides, work of the Bay Terminal and Matarbari Deep Seaport are going on to cope with the future challenges of the country’s economy, he observed.

It may be mentioned that Lloyd’s List started journey as a weekly journal containing shipping and port related news back in 1734. It was being published as a daily later. Since 2013, Lloyd’s List is being published in online version.

Lloyd’s List prepares list of top 100 container ports through conducting survey on the basis of container handling every year.
 

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Patenga Container Terminal starts operation in May​

Ctg port to get new terminal after 14 years​

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CHATTOGRAM: With completion of 84 percent work, the much-awaited Patenga Container Terminal (PCT) is going to start operation from May this year.

With this, the country’s premier seaport will get a new terminal after 14 years.

Having an annual capacity of handling 4.5 lakh Twenty Equivalent Unit (TEU) containers, the terminal would help facilitate the $80 Billion export target set by the government, according to the people concerned.

The work for completion of the project is now progressing fast on the bank of the river Karnaphuli.

The work for construction of flyover, new road, land development, box culvert over canals, shore protection and retaining walls, CFS shed and relocation of structures has already been completed.

Of the rest, work of construction of container jetties witnessed 85 percent progress while dolphin jetty 83 percent, workshop 95 percent and office building 92 percent till December last year, said the sources concerned.


Bangladesh Army 34 Engineer Construction Brigade is implementing the project.

The government approved the project on June 13 in 2017. The deadline for implementation of the project at a cost of Tk. 1,868 crore from the port’s own fund was set for December in 2019.

But, a revised DPP was approved on October 5 last year. According to the revised DPP, the project cost was reduced to Tk. 1,229 crore after dropping some components, including procurement of equipment for the terminal.

The deadline was extended till June this year in the revised DPP, said the sources.

A memorandum of understanding for implementation of the project was signed with the Bangladesh Army on November 23 in 2017 and the Chattogram Port Authority (CPA) handed over the project to Army in January 2018.

The Army started the work of the project from February of that year. But, the work also slowed down during the corona pandemic.

Besides, the government gave approval in principle for the project “Equip, Operate and Maintenance of PCT on PPP Model” to operate the terminal in March last year.

Following the initiative, the port authority will not have to buy equipment separately. It helped reduce the project cost to a great extent.

The international firms, including Red Sea-Gateway Terminal (RSGT) of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates Dubai Port World (DP World) of the UAE, Adani Port and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ) of India, PSA of Singapore and APM of Denmark, expressed their interests in operating and investing in the terminal, said sources in the CPA.

The terminal is being developed on a 26-acre of land near the Chattogram Dry-Dock and Boat Club in Patenga area.

The terminal will create scope for handling three container vessels at a time while there will also have facilities for offloading liquid cargo at a separate dolphin jetty.

It will allow vessels of 9.5-metre draft and 190-metre length to dock.

Contacted, Chattogram Port Authority (CPA) Chairman Rear Admiral M Shahjahan told the Daily Sun that work of the project is progressing fast.

“We expect to get the work completed by April and allow vessels at the terminal jetties in May this year,” hoped the chairman.

An additional quantity of 4.5 lakh TEU containers can be handled at the terminal every year, he said.

“Although, we have taken lots of measures, including setting up of lighterage jetty and port yards, and procured equipment to facilitate the port activities, the new terminal will also help cope with the economic growth of the country,” said the chairman.

The PCT is also part of the all development plans including the Vision-2041 of the Prime Minister to upgrade the country to developed one,” Shahjahan said.

The chairman also said that the operational activities will be carried out with the existing equipment of the port until PPP-authority finalises operator for the new terminal.

Mentionable, there are three terminals – General Cargo Berth, Chattogram Container Terminal (CCC) and New-mooring Container Terminal (NCT) at the port.

Besides, there are four dolphin jetties for offloading liquid cargoes.

The country’s premier seaport Chattogram also set record in container, cargo and ship handling last year overcoming the setback witnessed by the maritime ports across the globe following the spread of the corona pandemic.

The port achieved 13 percent growth through handling over 3201,548 TEUs container, 116619,158 tonnes of cargo and 4,209 vessels in the year.
 

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Garments exports to non-traditional markets have increased by 24%​

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Garments are the largest source of export earnings in the country. Exports of ready-made garments to new markets outside the traditional markets have increased. In the first six months of the current fiscal year 2021-22 (July-December), the export of garments in the non-traditional markets has increased by 24.26%.

During this period, the export of garments in the non-traditional market was worth about USD 306 crores (Tk 26,300 crore), compared to USD 246 crores and 19 lac (Tk 21,100 crore) in the same period of the previous fiscal year.

This information has come up in the updated statistics of the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB). Those concerned said that the CPVOD-19 situation improved in 2021. As economic activity increased, so did market demand. As a result, it has had a positive impact on garments exports in Bangladesh.

Besides, cash incentives and duty-free market facilities have played a role in increasing exports. According to the EPB, in July-December of the current fiscal year, garments worth 52 crores and 94 lac dollars were exported to the Japanese market alone, compared to 44 crores and 51 lac dollars in the same period last year.

In other words, exports to Japan increased by 18.93% compared to the same period last year.

During this time, Russia imported garments worth 34 crores and 12 lac dollars from Bangladesh, which is 38.10% more than the previous year.

Similarly, in the last six months, Bangladesh’s garments exports to the South American country of Chile have reached 8 crores and 17 lac dollars. Growth almost doubled.

During this period, garments exports to the Indian market amounted to 36 crores and 59 lac dollars. At the same time last year, garments export revenue from India was 23 crores and 15 lac dollars.

In the span of a year, garments export earnings in India have increased by 58.07%.

During this time, garments exports to Australia amounted to 39 crores and 88 lac dollars. During the same period of the last fiscal year, the amount was 36 crores and 45 lac dollars.

As a result, garments exports in this non-traditional market have increased by 9.42% in one year.

Garments exports to Mexico reached 12 crores and 30 lac dollars during the period under review. At the same time last year, the export income was 7 crores and 10 lac dollars. Over the year, the country’s export earnings increased by 68.38%.

According to the EPB, in the first six months of the current 2021-22 fiscal year, Bangladesh’s overall garments exports have increased by over 28%. During this period, garments worth 1 thousand 990 crore dollars were exported.

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PRAN Dairy, Arla Foods to collaborate for sustainable dairy production​


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Published : 25 Jan 2022 09:43 PM
PRAN Dairy, Arla Foods to collaborate for sustainable dairy production

PRAN Dairy Limited and Arla Foods Bangladesh Limited has initiated a collaboration with an objective to showcase a market driven and sustainable dairy production to increase milk productivity and quality, alongside economic output of the local dairy value chain in Bangladesh in line with governmental ambitions for the development of the domestic dairy sector.

Chairman and CEO of PRAN-RFL Group Ahsan Khan Chowdhury and Managing Director of Arla Foods Bangladesh Limited Peter Hallberg signed a Letter of Intent recently at the Arla Foods Bangladesh HQ to mark the commencement of the collaboration.

Ahsan Khan Chowdhury, Chairman and CEO PRAN-RFL Group said, “We have a huge opportunity doing well in the dairy sector of Bangladesh. PRAN Dairy is working closely with the contractual dairy farmers at remote places and giving various support and training for their skill development. But we need to give more emphasis on sustainable dairy production to increase milk productivity and quality, alongside economic output of the local dairy value chain in Bangladesh. I hope the initiative will bring good contribution at our dairy sector.”

Stressing on the importance of the project, Peter Hallberg, Managing Director of Arla Foods Bangladesh stated, “In any country we operate in the world, we act responsible towards its societies. We feel that we can contribute significantly to the overall development of the dairy sector, supporting the goals of the country. We look forward to collaborating with our partners on this venture and to adding a valuable contribution with our extensive knowledge and experience of sustainable dairy farming, food safety and technology.”

The event was also attended by Eleash Mridha Managing Director of PRAN Group, Md Muniruzzaman, Executive Director of PRAN Dairy and Galib Bin Mohammad, Head of Marketing; Sumaita Khan, Manager, CSR & Alternative Channel Management and Toni Lehtonen, Commercial Project Manager of Arla Foods.
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Bilal's note: Arla Foods amba is a Danish multinational cooperative based in Viby, Denmark, and the largest producer of dairy products in Scandinavia. It owns the iconic powder milk brands DANO and Anchor and also Lurpak Butter as sold in Bangladesh for almost sixty years. Of course there are two dozen other global dairy product brands that Arla owns. With Arla's help, PRAN is hoping to shore up wholesale dairy operations in Bangladesh. My understanding and inside scoop is that they will eventually go into a co-branding/licensing agreement, expanding production of spray powder milk, condensed milk, butter etc. sold under Arla's brand names locally while tapping on Arla's technology to expand the range of their own niche global dairy brands exported overseas. They already sell basic UHT treated dairy milk in brickpacks and plastic flexi-packs, ghee, cheese, powdermilk, flavored and value added milk from their own dairy division for the last couple of decades. Every other conceivable dairy product except condensed milk is also sold.

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@bluesky bhai this one is for you - though from mid year 2021. I already posted about Patenga Container Terminal expansion (see post above) for CTG port coming online in June of this year, and Bay Container Terminal in Chittagong is also proceeding well and is due for completion around 2024 as detailed below.

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Bay Terminal project to gather pace​

Operation to start by 2024, says state minister for shipping

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Fri Aug 20, 2021 12:00 AM Last update on: Fri Aug 20, 2021 09:01 PM

Construction work for Bay Terminal, a long-awaited mega expansion project of the Chattogram port, has gained momentum as the government has set 2024 to start operation of the terminal. The photos were taken yesterday. Photo: RAJIB RAIHAN
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Construction work for Bay Terminal, a long-awaited mega expansion project of the Chattogram port, has gained momentum as the government has set 2024 to start operation of the terminal. The photos were taken yesterday. Photo: RAJIB RAIHAN

The construction of the Bay Terminal, a long-awaited project of the Chittagong port, is gaining momentum after slowing down due to the coronavirus pandemic as the government looks to complete it by 2024.

Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, state minister for shipping, said the government had set the time frame to start the operation of the terminal.

He was speaking to reporters after visiting the project site on the Halishahar coast in the port city yesterday. Senior officials of the ministry and the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Authority accompanied him.

The terminal is being constructed on around 2,500 acres of land. It will have a length of 6.15 kilometres, stretching from the backside of the Chattogram Export Processing Zone to Rasmonighat at the Halishahar coast of the Bay of Bengal.
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The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) came up with the plan a decade ago.

Talks on the Bay Terminal began in 2011 as the prospect of building a mega container terminal emerged after an 11km natural island surfaced from the seabed near the Halishahar coast, creating a natural channel for vessel movement.

In August 2016, the CPA appointed a joint venture comprised of two German firms -- Sellhorn Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH and HPC Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH -- and a Bangladeshi firm KS Consultants Limited to conduct the feasibility study.

The JV submitted the report and a master plan in 2017, describing the project economically and technically viable. Though the business community has long been demanding for the beginning of the project as part of the much-needed expansion of the country's premier seaport, it got delayed.

Chowdhury said it was initially decided that one single firm would build the whole terminal under the PPP model.
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To speed up the implementation, the project has now been divided into three parts. The CPA will build one part on its own.

The CPA will construct a multi-purpose terminal, while two container terminals will be set up under the PPP model.

Five international port giants, including PSA Singapore, China Merchants Sports Holding Company Ltd, DP World of the UAE, and International Port Development Co-operation of Korea, have expressed interest in funding and constructing the mega project.

Some changes have to be brought to the original plan after the latest decision that the CPA would implement a part of the project, the state minister said.

After completing the official procedures, the CPA would commence the construction work, he said.

The acquisition of 68 acres of privately-owned land has been completed. In addition, the shipping ministry has approved the acquisition of 804 acres of government land.
"Land development activities on the acquired area are going on," Chowdhury said.

He said the project saw slower than expected progress due to a lack of experience in the construction of projects under the PPP model and also for the pandemic.

Many foreign investors earlier visited the project site and expressed interest to set up the terminal. With the resumption of global connectivity, the government has started communicating with the investors again.

"Discussion with the foreign investors is going on," said Sultana Afroz, chief executive officer of the PPP Authority.

CPA Chairman M Shahjahan said it had appointed a consultant to carry out the detailed design of the terminal it would build.

The firm will also update the 2017 feasibility study report and the master plan. After getting the report, the CPA will formulate the development project proposal and start construction accordingly.

CPA Chief Hydrographer M Arifur Rahman said vessel movement to and fro the Chittagong port through the Karnaphuli channel depended on high tides. "But vessel operation at the proposed Bay Terminal will be possible round the clock."

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vessels with a draft up to 12 metres can be berthed. The port now allows vessels with as high as 9.5 metres of the draft to moor. "The new island will ensure safe vessel movement in the channel," said Rahman.

Location of Bay Terminal Project.

 

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@bluesky bhai this is news of another private jetty built by Karnaphuli Ship Builders Ltd. in Chattogram near Chattogram Port. This brings to a total - three container terminals in Chattogram Port, one public and two private jetties.


Another privately built jetty comes to Ctg port’s aid​

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Wed Aug 4, 2021 12:00 AM Last update on: Wed Aug 4, 2021 02:32 AM

Another privately built jetty has come to the aid of the Chattogram port as it allowed the country's largest seaport to use the facility to berth bulk vessels carrying heavy items.

Karnaphuli Ship Builders Ltd completed the construction of the jetty for the ship repairing works of its sister concern, Karnaphuli Dry Dock, in Anwara upazila last month.

A bulk vessel, Giulia-1, carrying 23,000 tonnes of scrap, imported by steel manufacturer BSRM Group, berthed at the jetty on July 28 and started unloading goods.

This was the second jetty of the private dry dock after it built the first one in March this year. The CPA has been using it since March 30.

CPA Chairman M Shahjahan said it gave the permission to Karnaphuli Dry Dock to build the jetties on condition that the port would use them when they were vacant.
"We are now using both jetties. As a result, we have been able to accommodate two additional vessels."

Ships, particularly bulk vessels arriving with scraps for steel industries, have to wait for days at the outer anchorage due to a lack of jetties.

In most cases, ships laden with scraps have to unload all of their cargoes at the outer anchorage with the help of lighter vessels. As a result, importers have to bear additional costs to hire the smaller vessels. The unloading also takes time.

"The two jetties have come as a relief since they are helping us accommodate two bulk vessels with scraps simultaneously," said CPA Director (Traffic) Enamul Karim.

Currently, the CPA can allocate a maximum of seven jetties of its general cargo berths (GCBs) to accommodate six bulk vessels. The rest 12 jetties are dedicated to handling container vessels.

The CPA is even unwilling to allow the bulk vessels transporting heavy items to use the GCB jetties as they have become old. It has not allowed scrap-carrying ships to berth at the port since July 1.

So far, eight vessels have berthed at the first jetty of Karnaphuli Dry Dock since March 30. Around 1.50 lakh tonnes of scraps have so far been unloaded.

Both jetties can accommodate two ships with a length of up to 180 metres each, said M Abdur Rashid, managing director of Karnaphuli Ship Builders.

"The port can now reduce vessels' waiting time and generate revenues using our jetties," he said.

He said the link road from the jetties to Chaturi, Anwara via Chittagong Urea Fertilizer Ltd needed to be widened and renovated to allow trucks to ply while carrying imported goods.

Giulia-1, with 33,000 tonnes of scrap, arrived at the outer anchorage in the middle of July. After unloading around 10,000 tonnes of goods to smaller lighter vessels there, it got berthed at the second jetty of Karnaphuli Dry Dock.

The unloading from the vessel would be complete by August 8, said Asif Iftekhar Hossain, director of Everett Bangladesh (Pvt) Ltd, the local agent of the ship.
 

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Dhaka Metro Rail Project update - mainly station infra and finishing work ongoing while rolling stock testing also proceeds apace.

 

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EnergyPac is the number one Heavy electrical manufacturer/exporter in Bangladesh of conventional high voltage and advanced fireproof resin-encased transformers. switchgear, busbar trunking and other heavy electrical items. Scenes from their assembly process.

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Energypac Engineering has been awarded 8 substations by Incepta Pharmaceuticals Ltd. for their new expanded production facilities. The 4MVA 11/0.415kV substations include amongst other equipment Energypac's fireproof, self/extinguishing cast resin transformers.
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Plant design, supply and installation of 132/33 kV Matarbari Substation on turnkey basis
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Energypac secured a 13.75 Million USD deal for Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant from AtomStroy Export JSC (Russia) as subcontract for construction and erection of transformers and auxiliary structures.
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In addition to all above, Energypac recently started constructing 300 MVA power transformers for supply to some of its customers. They also completed acquisition of production facilities in Brescia Italy (Energypac Europe Srl) for supplying some products to the EU markets.
 

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