Larger ships are now able to dock at the port jetty
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mongla Port has made a new record of earning revenue Tk 340 crore by loading-unloading over 11.9 million tons of goods during 2020-21 fiscal year.
A total of 43,959 TUH containers were handled during the period at the port.
According to the Mongla Port Authority (MPA) data, 11.945 million tons of goods were loaded and unloaded at the country's second largest seaport during the FY21, up from one million tons of goods than FY2019-20.
In FY2019-20, 11,037,000 goods were handled while 11.315 million tons of goods in FY2018-19.
Besides, 970 ships have come to and gone from the Mongla port in FY21 while 903 in FY20 and 912 in FY19.
In addition, larger ships are now able to dock at the port jetty and the port authorities consider it one of the successes after completion of dredging of different river channel including Mongla-Ghasiakhali.
According to the statistics, the port has advanced after Chittagong port, prime port of the country, in all the three categories of container, cargo goods and shipping.
MPA Chairman Rear Admiral Mohammad Musa said despite having risk, the port was fully operational at this time of crisis to keep the country's economy afloat.
“We reached the record and it will increase our ranking,” he added.
He said Mongla Port is now earning record profit and it proves that Bangladesh’s economy is growing and its foreign trade is also increasing despite corona pandemic.
The MPA Chairman said Mongla Port is moving forward with the joint efforts of all stakeholders including officers and employees, berth operators, terminal operators, ship handling operators, C&F agents, freight forwarders, shipping agents and workers.
Mongla Port Director (Traffic) Md Golam Mostofa said currently, on an average of 33,000 import and export goods are being loaded and unloaded through the port every day and if high drafts foreign ships are docked in the future, the volume will increase.
In FY2020-2021, the MPA earn record revenue of Tk340.23 crore in its 70 years history.
The MPA had earned revenue of Tk338.19 crore in FY2019-20 while Tk329.12 crore in FY2018-19.