HPC Hamburg Port Consulting, a Hamburg Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) subsidiary, has prepared a port master plan for a new container terminal at Bangladesh’s biggest port, Chittagong.
Chittagong is situated in the south of Bangladesh, handling more than 90 percent of the country’s seaward traffic. Over the past ten years, Bangladesh has seen its economy grow by around six percent every year.
The expansion plans were prepared by HPC Hamburg Port Consulting alongside Hamburg based Sellhorn Engineering and the local partner KS Consultants from Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The port master plan is based on the assumption that the construction of a new port facility is essential for the country’s economy to continue growing at such a pace. In consequence, the port master plan – which was funded by the Asian Development Bank – has budgeted USD 1.9 billion in development costs to carry out the entire port project.
The three companies have now been selected by the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to carry out a feasibility study for the “Bay Terminal”, which was started in September 2016; the plan is to construct a port facility that focuses on containers on the Patenga coast, close to the existing port, which is located 16 kilometres inland. The master plan provides for another container terminal and a multi-purpose terminal.
Mahbubul Alam, President of the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), said: “Building this terminal will significantly reduce transport costs incurred during import and export.”
Felix Kasiske, HPC Managing Director, said: “We are very proud to be involved in this significant undertaking which adds to numerous port projects in the Asia region in which our HPC specialists have already contributed their sought-after expertise.”
Another HHLA subsidiary, Metrans, is fast becoming a market leader for container transport between the seaports on the North Sea coast, the Adriatic, and Central and Eastern Europe.