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March 05, 2015 13:05
Welcome to the website of Mongla Port Authority and sincere thanks for your interest regarding our Port. Keeping pace with the rapid economic growth of the country the port is drawing attraction of the govt, businessman and all other stake holders of the country. Furthermore, the construction of Padma Bridge by 2018 is likely to multiply the importance and activities of the port to a large extent. In such circumstances, the port is going to carry out a major role in the trade and commerce activities of the country, particularly in the south and south west part of the country.
Taking the above factors into consideration, we are taking every possible steps to bear the forthcoming responsibilities. We have undertaken a huge project of dredging in order to increase the navigability of the channel to have a permissible draft of 7.5 meter upto the Jetty.
A number of cargo handling equipment have already been procured and procurement of a large no of equipment are underway including a hundred ton capacity mobile crane , three straddle carriers , heavy duty forklifts etc costing an amount of taka 100 crore or 1000 million(approx). The project is scheduled to be completed by 2015. Upon implementation of the project, the cargo handling capacity will be dramatically increased.
The automation of the port is also underway, which would accelerate the billing system, custom and bank formalities for the users and thereby encouraging them to use the port for their business activities.
Given the fact that Govt wishes to see Bangladesh as a middle income country by 2021, the Mongla Port has to increase its capability to synchronize with the goal of the govt. Therefore, the port has set an objective to handle 1000 ships per year by 2021. Capability enhancement of the port is accordingly in progress.
I feel humbled to urge and support all the stakeholders to use the port for their business and giving you an assurance that we shall try to provide you modern facilities as maximum as possible. Using this port for your business purpose will not only vibrate this part of the country, it would also mean a magnificent contribution to the economic development of the nation.
We also request that, if you have any suggestion or complain, submit it in the complain/suggestion menu of our website and we shall take all these into consideration.
History suggests that the maritime trade had greater interaction in this area and over the centuries, sub-continental coastlines have provided natural ports of call to the distant traders of the South East Asia and West Asia.
The liberation of Bengali trade by the effective Mogul conquest of riverine Bengal also helped to strengthen shipping from Calcutta/ Mongla/ Chalna/ Chittagong to the littoral ports of the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. Emperor Akbar established an imperial naval department called Nawara and appointed Amirul Bahar to look after the riverine navigation with a view to increasing trade and commerce with in the empire. Even at that time this part of Bengal was famous for excellence in the art of navigation and the Nawara used to buy ships and boats made of Sundari. British, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and Arakanese came across a flourishing trading system in South Asia, which linked the business centres of East Bengal with Kolkata/Calcutta through the river routes of Mongla and the Sunderban.
The Arakanese (Maghs) Pirates, the Ferringhees (Portuguese), Dutch and English renegades begun systematic piracy and robbery in the Sundarban area. With some small and light galleys they did nothing but coast about that sea, and entering into Sunderban through the rivers like Marjjal (now known as Zulfiquar channel), Malancha, Jamuna, Arapangsia and into the channels and arms of these rivers and between all these isles of the lower Bengal and often penetrating even beyond the Sunderban up into the countryside, surprised and carried away whole towns, assemblies, markets, feasts etc. They used to torch people and make women slaves great and small, with strange cruelty and burning all they could not carry away. Not a householder was left on the sides of the rivers and they swept it with the broom of plunder and abduction leaving none to inhibit a house or kindle a fire the entire tract. In a labyrinth of rivers the adventurers could dive and dart, appear and disappear, ravage the countryside and escape with impunity and hence this area has been the victims of exploits and depredations of foreign and native adventurers alike. For ages this area was known as Magher Mulluk due to terror created by the Maghs and the Portuguese armada. And probably there are seen in the mouth of Ganges/Sunderban so many fine isles quite deserted, which were formerly well peopled, and where no other inhabitants are found but wild beasts and specially tigers. Bengali rulers even built Forts in the confluence of Sibsa/Marjjal, Araibaki (Known as Ferringhee Fort) and Malancha and Jamuna. There are still channels in the Sundarban, which is known as Ferringhee Fari/Khal, Ferringheer Doania khal as these used to be places for heavy encounter with the Maghs, Arakenese pirates beside the confluence of Marjjal, Malancha and Pussur and Arapangsia. Khulna encompassing Mongla was set up as a first sub division in 1842 to hold in check Mr. Henry Sneyd Rainey who did not seem to acknowledge the restraints of the law in the area. While in-charge of the sub division, Bankim Chandra helped very largely in suppressing river dacoits in the area and establishing law and order in the river routes/canals. The Government of British India also established a port at Morelganj at the request of Mr. Robert Morel in 1869, which was to expedite the movement of merchandise via Mongla.
Even foreign ships visited this port. Khulna. Mongla, Gouramva, Lakhpur, Bagerhat (got prominent due Khan Jahan Ali), Fakirhat, Rampal, Chaksree (remnants of a fort recorded) and Morelganj at that time supplied good quality of cheaper rice, pulse, coconut, battle nut, tobacco, indigo and salt. All these items including rice of Barisal were ferried by boats to Calcutta and Saptagram through Mongla for export. The name Mongla originated from Mongla River presently known as Mongla Nulla. Mongla River originated from Pussur and Rampal is situated beside Pussur. It is at the confluence of river Pussur and Mongla Nulla where the present Mongla Port is working.Admiral Jefford, the first C-in-C of the Pakistan Navy ( Jefford point is named after him), knowing the importance of a second port, steamed into the approaches to the Pussur River with PNS Jhelum and Zulfiqar and sailed some 60 miles up the newly surveyed channel to Chalna anchorage. During the passage up and down the river he examined both the seaward approach charts and those of the river which had been drawn up by Zulfiqar. He decided that the site for a suitable riverine port at Chalna had been found which could take some of the load off Chittagong. Subsequently, the light vessel “ Sindhi” to be used in the approaches of the Pussur river, first class swinging moorings arrived Chalna from Karachi Port trust including Mr. ESB Bhombal, a senior pilot to serve as the Port Officer and Conservator at Chalna.More..
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