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1st container ship from Kolkata arrives at Pangaon

Independent Online Desk
1st container ship from Kolkata arrives at Pangaon

First container ship ‘MV Nou Kolla’ directly from Kolkata arrived at the Pangaon Inland Container Terminal in Keraniganj under the Coastal Shipping Agreement between Bangladesh and India which India termed a “welcome development”

The agreement, signed during the visit of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in 2015, allows direct sea movement of ships between the two countries.

It has greatly improved the connectivity between India and Bangladesh by reducing the shipping time from 30-40 days to 4-10 days.

“For the first time a ship carrying cargo has sailed from Kolkata to Pangaon which is just over 20 km from Dhaka,” said Indian High Commissioner to Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla during the ceremony to welcome the arrival of the container ship operated by Riverline Logistics & Transport Ltd.

He said now ships with cargo can complete journey between Dhaka and Kolkata in just 3-4 days. “This provides an economical and quicker mode of transportation of goods.”

“Today’s event is significant as so far the movement of ships under the agreement was limited between seaports like Chittagong and Vishakhapatnam. Pangaon ICT can also emerge as an alternative to Ashuganj River Port for transshipment of goods to Northeastern India,” Shringla said.

The High Commissioner said it can also decongest the roads and Land Custom Stations through which most of the bilateral trade is taking place now.

The first cargo ship under this framework had sailed from Chittagong to Vishakhapatnam in March last year.

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, Bangladesh, Ashoke Madhab Roy, President, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry Abdul Matlub Ahmed and Managing Director, Riverline Logistics & Transport Limited Mahboob Ahmed also spoke.unb

 

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