Mongla Port, the second largest sea harbor of the country, witnessed at least 970 foreign ships docking in the 2020-21 fiscal year breaking all previous records in its history, said an official.
The ship mostly contained car, coal, fertilizer cement clinker, LPG carrying vessels, ceramic materials, various raw materials and equipment of Ruppur nuclear plant and railway line project etc.
In 2019-2020 FY, MPA witnessed at least 903 foreign ships docking while 912 in 2018-2019 FY, 784 in 2017-2018 FY and 623 in 2016-17 FY.
“The record touched a milestone in the yearly statistics in the last seven decades after the establishment of the port near the Bay of Bengal in 1950,” said deputy secretary of Mongla Port Authority (MPA) Md Makhruzzaman.
The port has been playing a vital role in the country’s economic development since 2009 as some very important initiatives were taken by the then government, he said.
The port turned into a losing sea port in the years from 2001 to 2008 because of many problems. In February, 2007-2008 fiscal year, only seven foreign ships anchored at the port.