Direct container shipping to UK starts Friday
In the first voyage, 300 TEUs of clothing products from Bangladeshi exporters will be transported to the Port of Liverpool
Photo: Mohammad Minhaj Uddin/TBS
Photo: Mohammad Minhaj Uddin/TBS
The direct container shipping service between the Port of Chattogram and the UK is due to start today following the opening of a direct shipping route to Europe in February this year.
DKT Allseas Global Logistics, a UK-based company, will operate the inaugural shipment with the MV AMO vessel leaving Chattogram for the Port of Liverpool with goods from Bangladeshi exporters.
Chattogram Port Authority (CPA) Member (Administration and Planning) Md Zafar Alam told The Business Standard: “DKT Allseas’ Mongolian flagship, MV AMO, is currently stationed at the jetty in the port. The vessel will sail directly to Northern Europe for the first time on Friday with 300 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units) of clothing products from Bangladeshi exporters.The vessel will reach the Port of Liverpool in the UK in 22-23 days.
Hasina Arju, Deputy Director of Traffic (Administration) at CPA, said: “The ship will first pass through the Suez Canal to the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. It will reach the Port of Liverpool from there. The vessel will return to Chattogram carrying containers of imported cargo.”
Captain Syed Sohel Hasnat, CEO of Phoenix Shipping Ltd, a local representative of Allseas Global Logistics, said: “Currently the condition of Colombo Port in Sri Lanka is poor. It takes about 35-40 days for an export shipment from Bangladesh to reach UK via Singapore Port. In this situation, European buyers want to obtain products directly from Bangladesh. That is why we have undertaken this initiative.
“The MV AMO reached Chattogram Port on Thursday afternoon from China. In the first phase, the ship is carrying 300 TEUs of clothing products. We expect the quantity to exceed 1,000 TEUs on the next voyage,” a- he added.
Initially, cargo shipping will begin with three vessels – MV AMO, MV BBC FINLAND and MV San Alfonso.
“The capacity of the MV AMO, a Mongolian flagship with a draft of 8.9m, is 1,730 TEU. a typical freighter,” he noted.
Syed Mohammad Arif, President of Bangladesh Shipping Agents Association, said, “The direct container shipping service with Europe is very positive news for our economy. It will increase competition among shipping companies and reduce shipping costs. Thus, the cost of business will decrease. “
Earlier, on February 7, the container service started for the first time with Italy from the port of Chattogram. The service was launched by the Italian company RIF Line and its subsidiary Calypso Companya de Navigation.
So far, they have imported and exported goods five times on two ships, taking 18-20 days per shipment.
Commodity Supplies AG, a Swiss company, also announced the launch of drop-shipping services to two other European destinations next month.
At present, cargo containers exported from Chattogram to Europe and the United States are first routed to four ports in Singapore, Sri Lanka and Malaysia in small container ships. After reaching these ports, the containers are transferred to large ships.
It usually takes 24-28 days to ship containers from Chattogram to Europe and USA via Singapore or Sri Lanka. However, due to delays in getting reservations on large ships amid the pandemic, it sometimes takes 30-35 days to reach destinations.
CPA Chairman Rear Admiral Mohammad Shahjahan told TBS: “We welcome all initiatives to launch drop shipping services. We are giving immediate approval to any organization applying to ship to the new route. This will save time and money in imports and exports, as well as reduce dependence on the ports of Singapore and Colombo.”