A Private Shipping company SaifPowertec limited will soon start regular shipping service from Kolkata port to Chattogram and Mongla ports in neighboring Bangladesh and transport cargo Tripura via Pangaon Inland Container terminal.
Two dedicated vessels will be deployed by the company in the next 3-4 months and this will encourage others to bring more vessels on this route. We will provide one-stop cargo transit service to India, a spokesman of the shipping company was quoted by media reports... Our two ships will be able to transport 1,000 ton equivalent units (TEUs) per month, which can be increased up to 2,000, he said
Kolkata port authorities and officials of the shipping company signed a memorandum of understanding to implement the shipping service.
The Mou was signed by Kolkata Port’s traffic manager R S Rajhans and Managing director of the shipping company TarafderMdRuhul Amin in the presence of the Port chairman Rathendra Raman.The distance from Kolkata to Agartala is approximately 1,619 km via Siliguri, and 575 km via Chattogramport.n trucks, it generally takes 6-7 days to cover the distance via Siliguri, which will only take four days via Chattogram port.The waterway is a new route for exporters and importers from both India and Bangladesh
Rathendra Raman said the new multimodal transport route will be a boon for trade and commerce between India and Bangladesh, and will also boost the economic development of northeast India.