International Journal of Transportation Engineering and Technology
Volume 2, Issue 2, June 2016, Pages: 15-21
Received: Sep. 4, 2016;
Accepted: Sep. 18, 2016;
Published: Oct. 17, 2016
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Md. Ashraful Islam, Economics Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh
Mohammed Ziaul Haider, Economics Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh
The objective of this study is to assess the performance of Mongla sea port in Bangladesh during 2001-2010 periods. It also attempts to identify the problems and prospects associated with the seaport. Data indicate that the port incurred losses for several consecutive years at the beginning of the 21st century. However, the scenario has been changing since 2008. On an average, the port handles about 20 percent of total trading activities of Bangladesh through applying 40 percent of its total capacity. The study findings indicate that heavy siltation in Pussur channel, lack of dredging work at the channel, inadequate hinterland facility and lack of government attention are the main problems which ultimately hamper the performance of the port. In spite of having the said problems and being underutilized, Mongla seaport has potentialities to contribute in regional and national economy of the country. The study results indicate that if some development projects are implemented, about 70 percent of its capacity could be utilized which could make a profit of about 4 million US$ per year.
Md. Ashraful Islam,
Mohammed Ziaul Haider,
Performance Assessment of Mongla Seaport in Bangladesh, International Journal of Transportation Engineering and Technology.
Vol. 2, No. 2,
2016, pp. 15-21.
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