First direct container ship with goods leaves Chattogram for Liverpool

A ship left the port of Chattogram for Liverpool, a maritime city in northwest England, on Friday carrying 182 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containers for the first time.

The ship, known as MV Amo, will eventually dock in Rotterdam in the Netherlands after calling at Liverpool, making it the second direct shipping destination between Bangladesh and Europe.

A local representative of the ship’s British operator, Allseas Global Logistics, confirmed the information, reports

The representative, Captain Sohail Hasnat of Phoenix Shipping, said the ship left the NCT pier at Chattogram Port, the country’s main import-export hub, at around 12:30 p.m. and would reach the Port of Liverpool within 21-22 days.

The Chattogram Port Authority (CPA) has so far licensed three vessels to operate between Chattogram and Liverpool and then on to Rotterdam.

Earlier on February 24, Songa Cheetah, a 147.84 meter long Liberian-flagged container ship, reached the Italian port of Ravenna on the Adriatic Sea, just 17 days after leaving the port of Chattogram for the first ever direct shipping from Bangladesh to Europe.

A Swiss shipping agency is expected to start operating large container ships directly from the quay at Chattogram Port in Barcelona and Rotterdam this month.

With the introduction of these freight forwarding services to Europe, Bangladeshi exporters, especially garment manufacturers, are optimistic that shipping time can be cut by almost half.

Bangladesh shipping agencies use smaller cargo ships, or feeder vessels, to transport containers to the ports of Colombo, Singapore, Port Kelang and Tanjung Pelepas in Sri Lanka from the port of Chattogram and load the containers onto larger vessels- mothers.

The mother ships then transport said containers to their destination. This process usually takes 30-35 days.

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