Bangladesh’s lone leading port Chattogram port popularly called the Chittagong Port has advanced three steps in a year to become the world's 64th busiest port in terms of annual throughput of containers in 2021, according to Bangladesh media reports.
The latest 2022 edition of Lloyd's List's One Hundred Ports was published on august 18th tallying up the annual container throughput figures of the world's elite port facilities in 2021.
The port advanced for seven consecutive years, but slipped nine notches to rank 67th among 100 top ports across the world in 2021's Lloyd's List, the world's oldest journal on port and shipping.
According to the list, the premier sea port of Bangladesh handled a total of 32,14,548 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of containers in 2021, up from 28,39,977 TEUs in the previous year, posting 13.2 per cent year-on-year growth in container handling.
The port ranked 58th in 2020 edition of the ranking, 64th in 2019, 70th in 2018, 71st, 76th and 87th, 86th in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 respectively.
Regrading Chattogram port's position in this year's ranking, Lloyd's List stated, "Bangladeshi box hub bounces back to post stellar throughput numbers, despite the port's much-maligned capacity constraints."
According to the Lloyd's List, box liftings accelerated at ports globally in 2021, yet the rebound from the Covid-induced slump came at a price.