Strategic Master Plan for Chittagong Port Unveiled

7 September 2015

A master plan outlining details for the expansion of Chittagong Port was unveiled on 7 September 2015 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The proposed terminal development is expected to increase port efficiency by reducing the waiting period for vessels and fast-tracking vessel service time. Estimated costs are around $1.9 billion.

The new master plan prepared by Hamburg Port Consulting (HPC) outlines a long-term vision for the port, spanning 25-30 years. Recommendations include:

  • Construction of three key terminals in the port area, including a container terminal on the existing general cargo berths and a new multipurpose terminal for non-container cargo;
  • Port facility on a small island in the Bay of Bengal; and
  • Expansion of hinterland links, including roads.

Chittagong Port handled 1.8M twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEUs) in 2015. Research by HPC showed that container traffic in the port will reach 2.7 million TEUs by 2020, climb to 4.4 million TEUs by 2025, and 5.1 million TEUs by 2030. The master plan recommends planning already for implementation of the proposed improvements, since capacity and efficiency of Chittagong Port affects the general competitiveness of the Bangladesh economy.

Bangladesh Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan and ADB Bangladesh Country Director Kazuhiko Higuchi were present at the launch. In his speech, Mr. Khan expressed bullishness about Bangladesh's container-handling, saying it would grow at a faster rate with the recent agreement between Bangladesh and India to allow use of Chittagong and Mongla ports for movement of India-bound goods. Talks allowing Bhutan and Nepal access to the two seaports are also underway.

The ADB-financed technical assistance 'Strategic Master Plan for Chittagong Port' was approved in 2011, and aimed to facilitate opportunities for expansion of regional trade by preparing a master plan to improve efficiency of port operations and intermodal transport logistics.


Related Links:

Research on the impact of cross-border energy trade in Bhutan noted that the country’s electricity exports in 2020...

Read More


The Governments of Bangladesh and India are preparing to conduct comprehensive trial runs for the transshipment of cargo...

Read More


The potential of the Siliguri corridor and its surroundings to be developed as a logistics hub for India’s...

Read More


Bhutan’s Minister for Economic Affairs Loknath Sharma was in New Delhi, India, on 18–21 July 2022. He met...

Read More


The three industrial corridors of Andhra Pradesh, the Chennai - Bengaluru Industrial Corridor (CBIC), Visakhapatnam - Chennai Industrial...

Read More


The Governments of Bhutan and Nepal are expediting the process to sign the bilateral trade agreement. At the...

Read More


Nepal now sells a total of 364 megawatts (MW) of electricity to India through the...

Read More