Posted February 16, 2019
Engineering specialists Royal HaskoningDHV have been selected as master plan consultant for the Payra Deep Sea Port Development in Bangladesh, according to a statement.
Once it is completed, Payra Port will be the country’s largest seaport and third in total. It is being designed to add much-needed port capacity to Bangladesh to allow larger vessels to call at the country’s facilities.
Bangladesh imported approximately US$52.84 billion of goods in 2017 and the deep sea port will enable the country to accommodate large draught vessels directly rather than requiring transshipment from Singapore or Colombo.
The first phase of the greenfield port development comprises capital dredging works, which will be carried out by Belgian company Jan de Nul, and the creation of two new port terminals.
The port, which is scheduled to be operational by 2022, will also have a strong rail, road and waterway links to the capital Dhaka.
Speaking about the announcement, Eric Smit, Business Development Director Maritime, Royal HaskoningDHV, said: “We are honored to be working on the development of this national priority project, together with the Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology.
“It’s rare to see greenfield port developments of this scale, and the new port will help the country achieve its growth ambitions and create greater economic growth, more jobs and new opportunities.”