The operation of Matarbari deep sea port will start in 2026, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury said on Sunday.
After visiting the Matarbari port development activities, he said while talking to reporters, “The Matarbari deep sea port is visible now and the construction work of the jetty and container yard will start in July next.”
“Once the seaport starts operation, large feeder vessels will be anchored at the port which will save time and money,” he said, adding that the Matarbari sea port will be turned into a commercial hub.
The state minister said the government took the Matarbari Port Development Project involving Tk 17,777.20 crore, and the tenure of the project was set till December 31, 2026.
Currently, the authorities have completed the drawing design of the project.
Already the construction work of a 350 metre wide, 16 metre deep and 14.30 kilometre long approach channel has been completed, while the construction work of a 2,150 metre long breakwater (one kind of dam) on the northern side of the port and 670 metre long breakwater on the southern side of the port is also finished, said Khalid.
Asheq Ullah Rafiq, chairman of Chattogram port Rear Admiral M Shahjahan, and coordinator of Matarbari port project Md Yusuf were present on the occasion.