Posted on 18 February 2019
Consultancy firm Royal Haskoning DHV, together with Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), have been selected to develop a detailed master plan for the new Payra port, near Kalapara.
Payra Port will be the country’s third and largest sea port and is being designed to add much needed port capacity to Bangladesh to allow larger vessels to call at the facility. The port is scheduled to be operational by 2022, and will get strong rail, road and waterway links to the capital, Dhaka.
|First impression of the new sea port to be situated on the bank of Rabnabat channel, near Kalapara.|
Saving in transit
Bangladesh imported approximately 52.84 billion US dollars of goods in 2017 and the new deep sea port will enable the country to accommodate large draught vessels directly rather than requiring transhipment from Singapore or Colombo.
This development of a new port will deliver major savings in transit times and costs for both import and export.
Chairman of Payra Sea Port Commodore M Jahangir Alam (left on top photo) said: "This port will be an essential link in the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor and as such will have a great impact on the economic development of Bangladesh."
Eric Smit (right on top photo), Business Development Director Maritime at Royal HaskoningDHV, said: "We are honoured to be working on the development of this national priority project, together with the Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology."
"It’s rare to see green field port developments of this scale", continued Smit, "and the new port will help the country achieve its growth ambitions and create greater economic growth, more jobs and new opportunities.”
The first phase of the green field port development comprises capital dredging works, which will be carried out by Belgium’s Jan de Nul under a PPP framework agreement, and the creation of two new port terminals.
The port, which is scheduled to be operational by 2022, will also have strong rail, road and waterway links to the capital, Dhaka.
Smart port thinking
As master planning consultant, Royal HaskoningDHV will integrate the latest Smart Port thinking to drive efficiency and high performance.
Smart ports embrace technology at every stage, from the design and maintenance of structures and assets, to ensuring smooth performance, energy efficiency and minimal downtime.
Some examples of this concept are:
● using drone technology for inspection;
● remote control of terminal equipment such as trucks and cranes
● underwater sensors to measure strain and report maintenance issues
● smart lock gates that respond to weather conditions
This news item was originally published on the website of Royal HaskoningDHV.
(Photos: Royal HaskoningDHV)
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