Deal inked for capital dredging at Payra port


DHAKA, Dec 11, 2017 (BSS) – The Payra Port Authority and Belgium-based company Jan De Nul today signed an agreement to jointly conduct capital dredging on the main channel of the country’s third seaport Payra in Patuakhali.

Chairman of Payra Port Authority Commodore Jahangir Alam and Jan De Nul’s Managing Director Jan Piter De Nul signed the contract on behalf of their respective sides, a handout said.

Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, lawmaker Mahbubur Rahman, Chief Coordinator of SDGs to the Prime Minister’s Office Abul Kalam Azad, acting Secretary of the Ministry Mohammad Abdus Samad and Belgium Ambassador in Delhi Jan Luykx were, among others, present on the occasion.

Speaking on occasion, Shajahan Khan said the development work of 19 components of the port would have to be undertaken immediately to build its capacity.

“Some 11 vessels anchored outside of the port after formal operation in 2016 and the government earned Taka 18 core as revenue…the Payra port earned Taka 1.18 crore,” he said.

The Shipping Minister said the government will build a coal or bulk terminal and a multipurpose terminal at Payra port by 2020.