The Chittagong port authority allows only seven gearless ships on services to and from the port compared with 12 previously.
The limit, which has cut gearless vessels’ wait times at the port’s outer anchorage from nearly 10 days to five, will remain in place until two ship-to-shore gantry cranes that were damaged in a June 25 accident are fixed. At the same time, ship agents said that the short notice given for the new limits could generate further delays as geared vessels, or those with cranes on board, need to be phased into shipping lines’ networks’ and goods must be unloaded from gearless vessels before reloading onto geared ones.
As the port scrambles to handle congestion in its waters, truck waits are mounting at the 17 inland container depots around the port. Currently it take a truck at least three days to drop off a container.
RCL Agencies will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates once available.