A ship left Chattogram port on Friday for Liverpool, a maritime city in northwest England, with 182 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of containers, for the first time.
The ship, known as MV Amo, will eventually dock in the Netherland’s Rotterdam after making a stoppage at Liverpool, making it the second direct shipping destination between Bangladesh and Europe.
A local representative of the British operator of the ship, Allseas Global Logistics, confirmed the information, reports bdnews24.com.
The representative, Captain Sohail Hasnat of Phoenix Shipping, has said the ship left the NCT Jetty of Chattogram Port, the country's main import-export hub, around 12:30 pm and will reach Liverpool port within 21-22 days.
The Chattogram Port Authority (CPA) has so far allowed three ships to operate between Chattogram and Liverpool, and then to Rotterdam.
Earlier on Feb 24, Songa Cheetah, a 147.84 metre-long Liberian-flagged container ship, reached the Italian port of Ravenna on the Adriatic Sea, only 17 days after sailing from Chattogram port in first-ever direct shipping from Bangladesh to Europe.
A Swiss shipping agency is scheduled to start operating large container vessels straight from the dock of Chattogram port to Barcelona and Rotterdam this month.
With the introduction of these Europe-bound freight forwarding services, exporters in Bangladesh, especially apparel manufacturers, are optimistic that they can shave off almost half of the shipping time
Shipping agencies in Bangladesh have been using smaller freighters, or feeder vessels, to carry containers to ports in Sri Lanka’s Colombo, Singapore, Port Kelang and Tanjung Pelepas from Chattogram port and load the containers onto larger mother vessels there.
The mother vessels then carry the said containers to the destination. This process usually takes 30-35 days.