Matarbari Port

Coordinates: 21°41′29″N 91°51′32″E / 21.6914°N 91.8590°E / 21.6914; 91.8590
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Matarbari Port
LocationMatarbari, Maheshkhali Upazila, Cox's Bazar
Coordinates21°41′29″N 91°51′32″E / 21.6914°N 91.8590°E / 21.6914; 91.8590
Owned byGovernment of Bangladesh
Type of harbourArtificial
Length of navigational channel15 kilometres (9.3 mi)
Width of navigational channel350 metres (1,150 ft)
Draft18.5 metres (61 ft)[1]

Matarbari Port is a deep sea port under-construction at Matarbari in Maheshkhali Upazila of Cox's Bazar District, Bangladesh.[2]


Matarbari sea port was originally built for Matarbari coal-fired power plant then the government decided to turn it into a deep sea port.[3]

On 29 December 2020, MV Venus Triumph, a 120 metres long general cargo ship, became the first foreign ship to dock at the port.[4][5]

As per the original plan, the channel was supposed to be 3 km-long, 250 metres wide and 15 metres deep.


Based on the Japanese ports of Kashima and Niigata,[1] the port will be the first deep sea port and the fourth sea port in Bangladesh. The port is planned to reduce pressure on the Port of Chittagong.[1] During the first stage, one 300 metres (980 ft) long multipurpose terminal and one 460 metres (1,510 ft) meter long container terminal is planned to be constructed by 2026.[6] The navigation channel will be 350 metres (1,150 ft) length with a maximum permissible draught of 16 metres (52 ft).[7] Ships with the capacity of 8,000 TEU containers will be able to dock.[7] In September 2020, Japan International Cooperation Agency won the contract for the consultancy services of Matarbari Port development project. Two contracts were signed by Roads and Highways Department (RHD) with Oriental Consultants Global Company Ltd and by Chittagong Port Authority with Nippon Koei.[8]

The container terminal will be built on 18 hectares, and have an annual capacity of 600,000 to 1.1 million TEU. Later, the container terminal will be expanded, up to 70 hectares, with a 1,850 metres (6,070 ft) berth, and have a 2.8 million TEU capacity.

JICA said the multi-purpose terminal will be built on 17 hectares, have a 300 metres (980 ft) berth, and be able to accommodate vessels with up to 70,000 dwt. Its annual capacity will be 2.25 million tonnes.

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  1. ^ a b c "Matarbari deep sea port to be modelled on Japanese Kashima, Niigata ports". The Independent. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  2. ^ "ECNEC approves Tk 177.77 billion Matarbari deep-sea port". 10 March 2020. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Matarbari port to be turned into a deep-sea port". The Daily Star. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Venus Triumph' becomes the first ship to dock at Matarbari deep seaport". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  5. ^ "First ship docks in Matarbari Deep-sea Port". The Daily Star. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Matarbari deep sea port gets Ecnec nod". Dhaka Tribune. 10 March 2020. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Ecnec okays country's first deep-sea port project". The Business Standard. 10 March 2020. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Matarbari deep sea port by 2025". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 30 December 2020.