Two foreign ships finally enter Mongla port after 5 days
Two foreign merchant ships have finally been able to berth at the Mongla seaport after facing a five-day delay due to navigability issues.
Panama flag bearer MV CS Future berthed at the Harbaria-10 jetty while the Tuvalu flag bearer MV Pioneer Dream at Harbaria-11 on Tuesday afternoon.
MV CS Future arrived on September 30 with 23,000 tonnes of urea while MV Pioneer Dream 11,000 tonnes of ceramic goods.
The port authority said the duo stopped some 85 kilometres from the port on discovering that adequate depth was not available.
The two ships were able to move with the rising tide after a hopper dredger was sent to the spot on October 3 to enable navigability.
In addition, some goods were unloaded using lighter vessels while the two waited to berth, according to Commander Sheikh Fakaruddin, harbour master of Mongla Port Authority.
Asked about how this situation could occur even though the capital dredging depth was set at 8.5 feet below the required level as per expert advice, he said heavy rains this year had deposited a huge amount of silt at the port's entry point.
"So, we are still working to remove the silt," he added.