International operators eye Chittagong tender

Chittagong Port Chittagong Port does not have a specialist terminal to handle bulk cargo. Image courtesy of Motiur Rahman Oni/Wikimedia
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Five marine and inland terminal operators are competing for a contract to build Bangladesh’s first specialised maritime terminal in Chittagong.

The terminal project is expected to be built at Laldiar Char, which is situated adjacent to the Karnaphuli river estuary and owned by Chittagong Port Authority (CPA).

Among the operators who have submitted requests for qualifications (RfQ) is Dubai-based DP World, according to Hellenic Shipping News.

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ), India’s largest private multiport operator, also submitted RfQ, said the publication.

Bolloré, a French transportation company headquartered in Puteaux, on the western outskirts of Paris, is also interested in the contract.

Beijing-based China Harbour and Engineering Co Ltd (CHEC), a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), which built the New Mooring Container Terminal close to Laldiar Char, is also in the running.

Singapore-based Global port services and local company Power Pac Limited also expressed interest in the project.

An open bidding period was closed last week.

People familiar with the development at the public-private partnership (PPP) office told The Financial Express that request for proposals will now be sought from five of the six operators, according to Hellenic Shipping News.

Chittagong Port handles more than 92% of the total seaborne trade of the country in bulk and containerised forms, but the port lacks any specialist terminal to handle bulk cargos.

Currently, bulk cargos are being handled at the existing container terminals.

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