The ship – MV Amo will finally dock at the Netherlands Rotterdam Port, after stopping by at Liverpool, making it the second direct destination between Bangladesh and Europe.

On last Friday, A container ship with 182 teus of cargo departed from Chattogram Port to reach the port of Liverpool. The ship – MV Amo will finally dock at the Netherlands Rotterdam Port, after stopping by at Liverpool, making it the second direct destination between Bangladesh and Europe, confirmed a local representative of the British operator of the ship, Allseas Global Logistics.

The representative, Captain Sohail Hasnat of Phoenix Shipping, has said the ship left the NCT Jetty of Chattogram Port, the country’s main import-export hub, around 12:30pm and will reach Liverpool port within 21-22 days. The Chattogram Port Authority, or the CPA, has so far allowed three ships to operate between Chattogram and Liverpool, and then to Rotterdam.

Earlier on Feb 24, Songa Cheetah, a 147.84 metre-long Liberian-flagged container ship, reached the Italian port of Ravenna on the Adriatic Sea, only 17 days after sailing from Chattogram port in first-ever direct shipping from Bangladesh to Europe.

A Swiss shipping agency is scheduled to start operating large container vessels straight from the dock of Chattogram port to Barcelona and Rotterdam this month. With the introduction of these Europe-bound freight forwarding services, exporters in Bangladesh, especially apparel manufacturers, are optimistic that they can shave off almost half of the shipping time Shipping agencies in Bangladesh have been using smaller freighters, or feeder vessels, to carry containers to ports in Sri Lanka’s Colombo, Singapore, Port Kelang and Tanjung Pelepas from Chattogram port and load the containers onto larger mother vessels there. The mother vessels then carry the said containers to the destination. This process usually takes 30-35 days.

Source : maritimegateway