Bangladesh has taken a step towards building the largest port of the country following finalisation of the master plan consultant for the Payra deep sea port.
As per media reports, European engineering consultants Royal HaskoningDHV, in partnership with the Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology (BUET), has been selected as master plan consultant for the Payra Deep Sea Port Development Project.
This has come as a positive development for the export-oriented industries of the country especially the readymade garment sector, which more often than not, have to face in-ordinate shipment delays due to burgeoning traffic load on Chittagong Port.
At present Chittagong Port, handles bulk of Bangladesh’s export-import activities.
“This port will be as essential link in the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor and as such will have a great impact on the economic development of Bangladesh.” – M Jahangir Alam, Chairman, Payra Sea Port Commodore
As per reports, once built, Payra Port will be the country’s third and largest sea port, which is designed especially to add the much needed port capacity as well as allow larger vessels to call at the facility, which would reportedly negate the need for transhipment to other ports such as Singapore and Colombo.
“It’s rare to see greenfield port developments of this scale, and the new port will help the country achieve its growth ambitions and create greater economic growth, more jobs and new opportunities.” – Eric Smit, Business Development Director, Maritime, Royal HaskoningDHV