A feeder vessel held up in Chittagong port due to over loading of containers
The container ship that missed its scheduled departure from Chattogram port
on Sunday morning after it was found to be listing to the starboard side, at
last, left the port after a four day delay on august 27th.
The Panama-flagged vessel, OEL Hind feeder vessel is bound for Singapore
carrying 1,194 TEUs (twenty feet equivalent units) of containers, including
1,089 TEUs of export goods.
The vessel steadied
after the removal of 66 TEUs of containers
The vessel steadied after the removal of 66 TEUs of containers on August
23rd but the Chittagong Port Authority did not allow its departure as it wanted
to check whether the ship had any technical problems, said Muntasir Rubayat,
head of operations of the ship's local agent, GBX Logistics was quoted by the
The actual weight of the 33 containers was 416 tonnes while their declared
weight was 368.9 tonnes, Rubayat said.
The feeder vessel may
fail to connect with the designated mother vessel in Singapore on time; there is
uncertainty over the timely shipment of the goods
Now, the feeder vesselp may fail to connect with the designated mother
vessel in Singapore on time, said Nasir Uddin Chowdhury, chairman of the
standing committee on port and shipping of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and
Exporters Association. The cargo carried by the feeder vessel from Chittagong
is likely to be held up at Singapore Port
So, there is uncertainty over the timely shipment of the goods to their
destinations in Europe and the US. Many of these cargoes may need air shipment
from Singapore if the respective buyers do not wait for the next mother vessel.
In that case, the exporters would have to bear extra expenditure.