Basic facts about Mongla Port Authority 

Geographical Position of the Mongla Port

Mongla Port is the second Sea Port of Bangladesh. It is situated on the southwestern part of the country and is the eco-friendly port of the country.

Mongla Port is situated on the East Bank of Pussur River near the confluence of Pussur river and Mongla Nala at distance of (approx.) 65 nautical miles from the Fairway Buoy situated at Lat. 21° 26.9´ N Long 89° 34.4´ E in the Bay of Bengal. The geographical position of the Port Jetties is in position Lat. 22° 29.32´ N Long 89° 35.57´ E. The Port is well protected by the largest mangrove forest known as the Sundarban.

Towards Establishing the Mongla Port

  • Chalna Port established on 1st December’ 1950 under Ministry of Communication [Gazette Notification No.PD-4(48)/50/1 dated 29th September’ 1950.]

  • A British Merchant Ship “CITY OF LYONS” first entered the Port and anchored at Joymonirgol on 11th December’ 1950.

  • On 20th June’ 1954 the anchorage was shifted to Mongla between Mongla Nulla and Pussur River about 16 km upstream (north) from the previous site Joymonirgol.

  • Later on M/S. Frederick R. Harris, a consulting firm of USA after study the economic and engineering feasibility they submitted a report in 1964 with recommendations for establishing permanent port facility on East bank of Pussur River at Mongla. Subsequently, other national and international experts carried out further feasibility studies. Accordingly, a project entitled “Permanent Port on Pussur River” was undertaken. Under this project 5 Jetties were constructed with necessary back up facilities

  • Chalna Port continued to function as a Government Directorate till May’ 1977. The Port Directorate was then converted to an Autonomous Organization named “Chalna Port Authority” under the Ministry of Communications (vide Ordinance No.L III of 1976). Subsequently, an amendment of the above ordinance was made on 24th March’ 1982 (Vide ordinance No.L IV dated 24th March’ 1982) remaining Chalna Port Authority as Port of Chalna Authority. Again, through the Bangladesh Extra-ordinance Gazette Notification dated 8th March’ 1987, Port of Chalna was substituted by “Mongla Port” and as a result the ort Authority came to be known as Mongla Port Authority.

Port Management

The Port is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Shipping, Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh. Chairman is the Chief Executive of the Port Authority. There is a Board consisting of the Chairman and three Members (Operation, Finance and Engineering & Development.) The Board formulates the policy of Operation, Administration, Finance and Development of the Port.

Function

Mongla Port is basically a service oriented as well as income generating organization. The Port provides facilities and services to the international shipping lines and other concerned agencies providing shore based facilities like Jetties, Sheds, Cargo Handling Equipment and maintaining adequate water depth in the channel as well as making provision for safe day and night shipping.

ISPS Code

International and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code implemented at Mongla Port Facility with effect from 24 June 2004 and Compliance Certificate has been obtained from the Designated Authority accordingly. Presently Security Level-1 is in force at Mongla Port.

Navigation Information

  • Maximum Length : Maximum length of vessel that can enter in the anchorage is 225 M and for the Mooring Buoys it is 185 M. Efforts are made to increase this permissible length to 225 M.

  • Maximum Draught : Vessel of 9.0 M, 8.0 M and 7.0 M maximum draught can take berth in the anchorage, Mooring Buoys and Jetties respectively.

  • Tidal Range : The tides are important for navigation as they determine the possibility of crossing the shallow area within the port limit. The tides are semi diurnal. The approximate tidal range in between 1.2 M and 3.5 Metre.

  • Pilotage : Pilotage is compulsory. The pilotage ground extends from the Fairway Buoy, approximately at position Lat. 21° 26´ N Long 89° 34´ E to the northern limit of the port but master of the vessel navigates himself upto the pilot boarding ground at the Hiron Piont and then the Port Pilot guides the master rest of the passage up to Mongla.

  • Anchorage : The anchorage is safe and holding ground is good. The bed of the river is soft mud.

  • Night Navigation : Night Navigation is continuing for outward and inward movement of vessels upto 145 Metre LOA and 6.5 Metre draught.

  • Radio Communication : Port control, Harbour control and Hiron Point Pilot Station maintains VHF Channel 16 and 12 for 24 hrs. Installation of GMDSS equipment in Hiron Point Pilot Station and New Port Control Station are in the process.

  • Tug :  3 (three) Powerful Tugs Boat including 1 (one) Fire Fighting Tug available.

Bank Facility

Banking Facility including Foreign Exchange transaction facility is available at Mongla Port area since June’ 2003.

Electric Power Supply

Mongla Port Authority is getting electric power for port operation from Bangladesh Power Development Board. But PDB cannot ensure uninterrupted power supply round the clock. To ensure uninterrupted power supply round the clock to wireless station at different points and Reefer Containers, MPA has installed generating sets of required capacity at Hiron Point and Mongla. To ensure continuous power supply to Reefer Containers, there are two Generating sets of 400 KVA each at within the Jetty area.

Fresh Sweet Water

Fresh Sweet Water is being supplied to the vessels by MPA from Barge on receiving requisition from Shipping Agents at a cost of US $ 7.50 per M/Ton. 4 (four) Water Barge is available for water Supply.

Berth Allocation Committee Meeting

The Berth Allocation Committee meets every Sunday and Tuesday at Mongla and Thursday at Khulna at 11-00 AM attended by Harbour Master, Director (Traffic), Shipping Agents & other concern of MPA arranged by Bangladesh Shipping Agents’ Association, Khulna. Some time Chairman of the Port Authority and Members (ops) also attend the meeting of the Berthing Committee. The Berthing committee meets to discuss the problems of arrival, departure and shifting of ships as well as the problems of cargo lifting and others if any.

Berth as follows from North to South

01.

Mongla Cement Factory Jetty

11.

Mooring Buoy No.5

21.

Mooring Buoy No.10

02.

Meghna Cement Mills Jetty

12.

Mooring Buoy No.6

22.

Anchorage No.10

03.

Kleenheat Gas Jetty

13.

Mooring Buoy No.7

23.

Anchorage No.14

04.

Summit Surma LP Gas Ltd.

14.

Mooring Buoy No.8

24.

Anchorage No.15

05.

Jetty No.9

15.

Anchorage No.3

25.

Anchorage No.16

06.

Jetty No.8

16.

Anchorage No.4

26.

Anchorage No.17

07.

Jetty No.7

17.

Anchorage No.5

27.

Anchorage No.18

08.

Jetty No.6

18.

Anchorage No.6

28.

Anchorage No.19

09.

Jetty No.5

19.

Anchorage No.7

29.

Anchorage No.20

10.

Mooring Buoy No.1

20.

Mooring Buoy No.9

30.

Anchorage No.21

Facilities

Berth operated by MPA 
Jetty Berths  = 5
River Mooring Buoys   = 7
Anchorage Berths  = 14
Specialized berths
Mongla Cement Factory Jetty = 1
Meghna Cement factory Jetty = 1
Union LPG Jetty  = 1
(Kleenheat) LPG Malaysia Bangladesh Jetty  = 1
Summit United Petroleum Jetty = 1
Dubai-Bangladesh Cement factory Jetty = 1
Holcim Cement Factory Jetty = 1
Vessel Concrete Jetty  = 1
Pontoon Berth (for Fresh Water) = 1
Pontoon berth (Inland vessels & Ferry)  = 1

Cargo Handling Equipment

Name of Equipment Nos. Capacity (M/Ton)
Mobile Crane 1 100 (Existing capacity-30 M/Ton)
Mobile Crane 1 40 (Existing capacity-24 M/Ton)
Mobile Crane 1 35 (Existing capacity-30 M/Ton)
Mobile Crane 1 25
Mobile Crane 2 19
Mobile Crane 2 10
Dockside Crane (Metalna) 7 5
Forklift Truck 5 5
Forklift Truck 2 3.5
Forklift Truck 3 3
Forklift Truck 1 2.5
Forklift Truck 8 2

Container Handling Equipment

Name of Equipment Nos. Capacity (M/Ton)
Heavy Duty Forklift Truck 1 35
Heavy Duty Forklift Truck 1 30.5
Heavy Duty Forklift Truck 1 25
Heavy Duty Forklift Truck 1 16
Prime Mover 2
Trailer 20′ – 0′ 8
Trailer 40′ – 0′ 2
Towing Truck 1
Straddle Carrier 3 30

Container Storage Space

Container Yard 3 (Nos.) >>  35,752 Sq. Metre  >> 2180 TEUS (single stacking)

Reefer Plug Point 120 (Nos.) >> 440 / 220 / 110 Volts

Major Import & Export

Import : Food Grain, Cement Clinker, Fertilizer, LPG Mixture, Slag, Fly Ash, Machinery etc.

Export : Raw Jute, Jute Goods, Jute Yarn, Shrimps etc