The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) will take steps to immediately improve the port's capacity and efficiency.
The decision to upgrade the port was taken yesterday at a meeting between CPA and other stakeholders, in Chittagong.
The steps include appointing operators for container handling at the six general cargo berths by mid-next month, and keeping the delivery order branches of the shipping agents open on two weekly holidays (Friday and Saturday), said officials.
The CPA will also increase the delivery points and keep delivery gates open till 8pm instead of 5pm, maintain a special system for storing import and export containers separately, open a customs branch office on Agrabad Access Road, and increase equipment facilities.
The meeting also decided to store the imported containers arriving at the Chittagong container terminal directly at the New Mooring Container Terminal yard, the officials added.
The port authority at the meeting decided to strictly implement cut-off time and urged cooperation from all concerned to ensure timely arrival of export cargoes and departure of outgoing vessels.
The CPA chairman said the port efficiency decreased since cargo handling operation at 12 general cargo berths went under the supervision of CPA, for the first time in its 123 years history, on May 10 this year.