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When owners have concern for vessel’s safety in navigation in rough sea condition or worried with cargo discharging program or shortage issues, competent Port Captain engagement can be a cost effective solution. Panocean Limited maintain enlisted master mariner for providing port captaincy service at foreign vessels. This to protect our clients´ interests, avoiding against extra expenses, provide daily reports and photos with competent comments and advice.

When there are two discharge ports, our Port Captain continuously monitor vessel discharge operations at all discharge ports to ensure that she discharges her nominated quantity at every disport.

Having many years experience in this work, our enlisted master mariners are specialists with higher marine education and sufficient practice on large capacity vessels. They will help you to speed up the process of cargo operations.

Being on board the vessel at Chittagong or anchorage, our assigned Port Captain can perform all kinds of marine survey on ship. On/Off – hire, Bunker, Draft, Damage, Supervising stevedore operation, and other urgent surveys. All will allow you to save time and money.

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Support Services at Chittagong Port and Anchorage, Matarbari Once Our Port Captain is Assigned for your Vessel’s  Total Operation Support on Daily Basis. 

  • Port Captain will Maintain good working relationships with all vessel employees.
  • May assist master at the time shifting from deep sea to anchoarge following tide tables and communicating port control. Assistance during piolotage program from deep sea to anchorage during inward and outward movement.
  • Monitor discharging program and  vessel’s  purchase or repair work.
  • Monitor sea conditions and make available information necessary to support navigational decisions.
  • Make frequent on-board vessel inspections to ensure safe and efficient vessel operations are maintained.
  • Interface with other Company personnel including marketing and logistics, maintenance and repair, sourcing, personnel crewing, human resources and safety departments.
  • Work with vessel crews and purchasing to stay within budget.
  • Respond to vessel accidents/incidents and assist in investigations as required.
  • Respond and defuse any crew member issues
  • Routinely inspect barges to ensure safe and efficient operations are maintained.

Chattogram, Mongla, Matarbari Ports of Bangladesh

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Chittagong Sea Port, the Principal Port of Bangladesh.

Chittagong is considered as the prime maritime port of Bangladesh. Chittagong is also a commercial city of Bangladesh


147,570 sq km, a little more than the size of Greece. It extends from 20°34N to 26°38N latitude and from 88°01E to 92°41E longitude. Maximum extension is about 440 km in the E-W direction and 760 km in the NNWSSE direction. The country is bounded in the south by the Bay of Bengal. Although Bangladesh is a small country, the length of the coastline is more than 580 km. Chittagong port is the premier port of Bangladesh, located 15km from the open sea. The port is situated on the banks of the Karnaphului River. The port limit of Chittagong port outer anchorage is bounded by area with radius of 5.6 nautical miles( on the west side) from Patenga light beacon at position Lat. 22 13.54 N long, 91 48.2 E . All climatic/hydrographic information relating to CPA( Chittagong Port Authority) outer anchorage is being well documented and promulgated by various nautical publications. CPA anchorage area is divided into three areas which follow-
Anchorage A: the northernmost anchorage for vessels of more than 10 meters draught.
Anchorage B: in between anchorage “A” and “c”, for vessel’s scheduled to enter the karnaphuli river within 24 hours. Anchorage C: the southernmost anchorage for lightering vessels and other not scheduled to enter within 24 hours.

Anchorage C: the southernmost anchorage for lightering vessels and other not scheduled to enter within 24 hours.


From Anchorage to Jetty Berth need approx 2 hours duly compulsory piloting by Port Pilot. Vessels drawing a draught of fewer than 8.5 m usually approaches to Chittagong outer anchorage directly at any time. Vessels drawing draught between 8.5m to 9.5m also approach to the outer anchorage directly depending on the time of arrival and height of the tide. However, vessels drawing draught over 9.5
m usually wait for the rising tide to approach Chittagong outer anchorage if arrives in the falling tide.


The density of water varies at each turn of the tide which is semi-diurnal with prominent diurnal effect. It is therefore advisable that the masters check. That density of water at the CPA outer anchorage.

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The weather in Bangladesh is largely governed by the monsoon. The prevailing wind directions are from south to southeast during the month of April
through September. After taking easterly direction for a while, The wind turns to the northerly and northeasterly directions, The latter prevails from November to January. During the month of February and March, winds turn via westerly direction back to the transition periods between monsoon and season in May, October and November, extreme of inclement weather like cyclones often occur with wind velocity in excess
of 30 knots. The waves are generally low showing distinct relation with the wind. The waves period vary between 3-4 seconds of waves of about 0.5 meters and about 6 seconds for waves of 2 meters.
During the months May to October, freshets are expected. Freshets are caused by the normal velocity of flow of EBB tide augmented by flow of additional volume of water that drains into the river Karnafully from the catchment areas. Freshets are
expected when rainfall intensity reaches 200 mm in 24 hours.

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Port  Limit

A. To the Sea :

(a) The entrance to the river with Patenga Beacon as centre if an arc is drawn seaward with a radius of 7 nautical miles till intersects the Coastline in Position Lat : 22° 20.4′ N Long : 091° 45.4′ E in the North and Lat : 22°7′ N Long : 091°50.5′E in the South, the area enclosed within the extremities of the arc;

(b) in addition to sub-clause (a), the extended seaward limit of the Port shall be as follows :
(i) North Sector: An area enclosed by joining the co-ordinates Lat: 22° 40.30′ N Long 091° 33.00′ E at Domkhali, Sitakunda, Lat: 22° 38.50′ N Long: 091° 30.00′ E at 2.90 NM seaward west of Domkhali, Sitakunda, Lat: 22° 30.00′ N Long: 091° 37.00′ E at 4.5 NM seaward west of Kumira, Lat: 22°19.30′ N Long: 091° 40.00′ E at 5.3NM seaward west of Kattoli and Lat: 22° 19.30′ N Long : 091° 43.10′ E at 2.0 NM seaward west of Kattoli intersecting 7 nautical miles radius arc from Patenga beacon at North;
(ii) South Sector: An area enclosed by joining the co-ordinates Lat: 21° 30.00′ N Long 091° 52.00′ E at Sonadia Island, Lat: 21° 30.00′ N Long: 091° 40.00′ E at 9.5 NM seaward west of Sonadia Island, Lat: 22° 06.90′ N Long: 091° 40.00′ E at 9.7 NM seaward west of Gohira, Lat: 22° 06.90′ N Long: 091° 45.80′ E at 5.5 NM seaward west of Gohira intersecting 7 nautical miles radius arc from Patenga beacon at South and including Kutubdia Channel;

B. (a) A line drawn across the River Karnafuli in a North 39°-30′ West (true) direction from a masonry pillar situated 1½ mile above the railway bridge at Kalurghat on the left bank of river in the village Kadurkhil, to a pillar situated on the right bank of the river in the village of Guzara-Noapara;
(b) A line drawn West (true) across the River Halda from a masonry Pillar situated on the left bank of river ¾ mile above the mouth in the right bank of the river in the village Mauhara;

C. To the North :
A line drawn West (true) to a distance of 1/10th miles towards land from the boundary Pillar whose latitude is 22°-15′-28″ North and longitude is 91°-46′-49″ East, in the village Patenga;
D. To the South :
A line drawn West (true) to a distance of 1/10 miles towards land from the boundary Pillar whose latitude is 22°-9′-5″ North and Longitude 91°-49′-29″ East, in the village Pourgapara.
2. These limits include so much of the River Karnafuli, the shore thereof as lie within 50 yards of high water mark at ordinary spring tides.
3. These limits also include docks, wharves, quays, stages, jetties, piers, ware-houses, sheds, railway line and yards within the limits of the boundary area and such area outside it as shown by boundary piliars on Plan No. 50 of the Port Commissioners.



Circulars : Chattogram Port Authority Circular. by Ministry of Shipping dated 21st Jan 2019


Panocean pleased to update on STS operation. Lightening of cargo at Chittagong outer anchorage becomes relatively more difficult with the onset of monsoon and the period from May to October is considered as the monsoon. At any time within this period, rough sea and inclement weather is a common feature of the weather condition and often the weather condition deteriorates so abruptly that incidents, such as the one under consideration, becomes unavoidable. During this period, lighter vessels fastened alongside mother vessel experience heavy rolling and pitching often causing hard scarping, bendings and indentations to the mother vessels railing and hull. This is despite the fact that generally, the lighter vessel has fendering arrangements consisting of old mooring ropes wrapped around wooden spars often used or second-hand tires from automobiles are also used as fenders. Insofar as damages to mother vessel are concerned, top shell plate of the forecastle deck, bulwark gunwale, bulkhead (Both port and STBD side), brackets underneath and horizontal to gunwale and the hull, in general, are the areas of the mother vessel prone to contact damages caused by lighters situation worsens often because of the fact that generally the lighter vessel do not have winches fore and aft in order to heave up berthing ropes quickly. It is true that lightering at Chittagong outer anchorage during the period of yearly monsoon is difficult but it is only during some of seasonal the period. If adequate preventive measures are taken, collisions of nature under consideration can be avoided. However due consideration to the involved facts and circumstances leading to a particular incident are to be given. Usually the freeboard of a lighter vessel is much higher than that of the mother vessel when the former approach the latter the reason being that the lighter vessel is in light condition while the mother vessel is fully loaded to avoid contact damage in such in a situation a close communication/coordination between both the lighter and mother vessel involved are needed.

Anchorage Grounds

The Port has the following recommended Anchorage Grounds:
ANCHORAGE “A” is formed by extending 2 (two) lines up to Port limit, one (first) having bearing 337045′ and the other (2nd) 310030″ from the point having lat 22012’30″N and long 91047’00″E.
ANCHORAGE “B” is formed in between 2nd and 3rd line having bearing 2340 extended up to Port limit from the previous point.
ANCHORAGE “C” is between 4th and 5th line having bearing 234) & 157) respectively, extended up to Port limit from a point of lat 22012’00″N long 91047’12″E.
The space between 3rd and 4th line is prohibited anchorage. “A” Anchorage is for vessels over 30ft. draft. “B” Anchorage is for vessels entering the Port within 24 hours. “C” Anchorage is for vessels lightening and other vessels not scheduled to enter the Port within 24 hours.


The following Navigational Aids guide ships to approach the Port of Chittagong. REFERENCE 
a) Admiralty Chart No. 84″ Approaches to the “Karnafuli River” Bay of Bengal Folio.
b) Admiralty Chart No. 859″ “Elephant poin to Matla River” Bay of Bengal Folio.
c) Bay of Bengal Pilot.





This port is connected with the hinterland by Bangladesh Railway, the inland Waterways through the Bay of Bengal and the Road network. Clearance of Dry cargo from the Port by the three modes of transport viz. Rail, Road and River, were approximately 4,93,578 M.T. 36,59,859 M.T. & 8,96,744 M.T. respectively during the period 1994-95.


There are 15 Jetties of which 13 are provided with shore cranes and Railway tarcks, 11 are provided with Transit sheds. Vessels upto 185.91 M (LOA) may be berthed at a single cement concrete main Jetty. Backyard facilities are there for handling container/container cargo vessels.

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Pilotage is compulsory for ocean-going vessels. The entrance to the river is constantly changing and no vessel should attempt to enter without a pilot. Pilot boards approximately 2 nautical miles seaward of the outer Bar Buoy.
In the moderate-heavy weather, a lee must be made for the Pilot Boat. The vessel receiving a Pilot is required to wait at the pilot ground near the entrance all clear of anchor taking into consideration the effect of tide and other conditions to facilitate boarding of the pilot in good time to be able to avail of the tide for entering and berthing etc. The propelling distance from the pilot ground to the main jetties is approximately 11 nautical miles and the distance has to be covered at a variable speed in different sections of the river. Inward ships must present themselves at a pilot ground at least 3 hours before the high water to enter on a particular day. This, of course, is subject to the availability of berth and having permissible draft and length etc.

The ship movements generally commence about 5 to 5 hours before the day’s high water and the tides have been termed Day or Night taking this factor into consideration.
During the spring tide/Freshet/Foul weather vessels under 7 knots will not be normally handled and such vessels will be classed grade 2 for operation purpose. Agents of such vessel are required to consult the Deputy conservator well in advance. Masters are advised to maneuver with great care while receiving and disembarking pilots. Vessels due for entering in the next 24 hours must anchor in Anchorage B. Keep R.T. Watch at least 3 hours before the pilot boarding time and also display her signal letters.
Incoming vessels normally enter with the flood time. The normal maneuver is to snub with the starboard anchor and proceed to berth/mooring after heaving up and finally go alongside using the port anchor.


For bulk cargoes like Wheat, Cement Clinkers, Rock Phosphates and Urea Fertilizer etc. the following Jetties are available.
1)Cement Clinker Jetty for vessels up to 167.63M.
2) Grain Silo Main Jetty for vessels up to 185.91 M. LOA.
3) T.S.P Jetty for Vessels up to 175.25M.
4) DDJ/1 & DDJ/2 Two or more vessels having total LOA 302M and having draft not more than 7.00 M may be berthed.
5) Chittagong Urea Fertilizer Jetty for Vessels up to 176M. can be loaded up to a maximum draft of 8.50 M.
6) KAFCO-1 (UREA) & KAFCO-2 (AMMONIA) Vessels having a maximum length up to 185.91M and be loaded up to a maximum draft of 9.14 M. (To be commissioned soon).


Grain Silo Lighter Jetty for inland vessels and I.W.T. Vessels/crafts.
(1) L.J. NO.1 – Permanent cement concrete Jetty with 122 M. Jetty face at Sadarghat for coasters and inland vessels up to 70M. length vessels with dry cargo.
(2) L.J. No.2 – with Pontoon and shore connection (at New Mooring) for coasters and inland vessels up to 76M. With dry cargo.
(3) L.J. No.3 – with Pontoon and shore connection (Jamuna) for inland tankers and vessels up to 76M. with POL in Bulk.
(4) L.J. No.4 – with Pontoon and shore connection (Meghna) for inland tankers and vessels up to 75M. with POL in Bulk.
(5) L.J. No.5 – with Pontoon and shore connection (ITT) for inland tankers and vessels up to 75M. with edible oil in Bulk.
(6) L.J. No.6-with cement concrete Jetty (PADMA) for inland tankers and vessels up to 70M. for bulk Pol.
1) River Mooring No.3 for ships up to 182.87 M. LOA and 7.61M. Draft with dry cargo and edible oil for overside work.
2) River Mooring No.4-with Pontoon and shore connection for vessels up to 170.67M. LOA and 9.14M. draft with edible oil and POL in bulk.
3) River Mooring No.5-with Pontoon ans shore connection for vessels up to 185.91 M. LOA and 9.14M draft with POL.
4) River Mooring No.6-with Pontoon and Shore connection for vessels up to 185.91 M. LOA and 9.14 M. Draft with POL.
5) Dolphine Oil Jetty: For vessels up to 185.91 M.LOA and 9.14 M draft for discharging Crude Oil.
6) River Mooring No. 8 for vessels up to 185.91 M. LOA and 8.0M draft with dry bulk cargo for handling through lighters.
7) River Mooring No.9-for vessels up to 185.91 M. LOA and 6.OM draft for repair of vessels. laying off.


(A) Shore Crane
There is 32 portal level luffing Electric cranes of 3 tons capacity each with 2 radius of 19.81 and 25M.
(B) Other Handling Appliances
Description Capacity Number Fork Lift Truck 5 Ton 7 Nos (1 at LCD) Fork Lift Truck 3 Ton 43 Nos. Mobile Crane 30 Ton 2 Nos. Mobile Crane 20 Ton 3 Nos. Mobile Crane 10 Ton 5 Nos. Mobile Crane 6 Ton 11 Nos. Heavy Tractor 25 Ton 5 Nos. Light Tractor 6 Ton 18 Nos. Heavy Trailer 25 Ton 15 Nos. Light Trailer 6 Ton 37 Nos.
Other Appliances JCBC handling attachment 7 Nos. Drum handling attachment 9 Nos. Bale handling attachment 1 Nos. Fork extension 6 Nos.


The deep draft vessels can be lightered at the Outer Anchorage This is to be restored to for vessels of deeper draft kutubdia. Depending on the Quanram involved in lighterage T-2 Type tankers and liberty vessels are arranged on a character by the concerned Agencies from abroad or from the Bangladesh Shipping Corporation. Except the Ocean going Tankers and Vessels of Bangladesh Shipping Corporation engaged in lighterage, local lighterage, fleet consist of tankers each of approximately 1,000 tons capacity and coaster each of the capacity of 300 to 1000 tons owned by the Public and Private Sectors are deployed. Besides this country craft, each of 20 to 80 tons capacity in the private sector and steel barges each of 300 to 500 tons capacity in the public and private sectors are available to carry out lighterages work. The cargo from such lighters intended to be discharged at the Chittagong port is handled at a vacant jetty or in between the two vessels alongside the jetties. Cargo discharged into lighters at Outer Anchorage may also be directly transported to inland river ports and Mongla Port the Second international Port f the country, with prior permission of the port and Customs Authorities..


Fresh water is available at all the Chittagong Port Authority Jetties. Water is also supplied by Propelled water Barges to vessels inside Port and at the Outer Anchorage. Due to rough sea and inclement weather, water supply at the outer anchorage is affected often during Mid April to Mid October. Oil bunkers can be supplied to the vessels at the Oil Moorings. In emergent cases, Oil companies may undertake supply of Bunkers by inland tankers. Coal Bunkers are available and supplies can be obtained by the Master/Local Agents through the Assistant Controller of Coal, Chittagong. Fresh meat, fish, vegetable, milk, egg, rice, wheat, bread abd butter etc, are available for supply.


Night Navigation vessels upto 153.00M length with draft having 0.50M less than the days permissible draft will be allowed to take berth during Night (6 pm to 6 AM) at the Jetties from J/ltoj/13, MPB/1, MPB/2, DDJ/1, DDJ/2 and CUFLJ only.
Vessels with midship bridge upto 165.00 m & Vessels with AFT. Bridge upto 153.00 M Length having 0.30m (1.ft) Less than the day’s permissible draft will be allowed to sail out during Night from j/1 to j/13, MPB/1, MPB/2, CCJ, GSJ, TSP, DOJ. DDJ/1, DDJ/2, & CUFL only.
Vessels with bridge on the BOW & vessels having containers on deck obstructing clear view of forward, will not be handled during night. Vessel will not be allowed to take berth at or to sail out from jetty no.14,15,17, RM/3, RM/5, RM/6, RM/8 & RM/9 During night.



Payra Port will support transit trade handling as well as economic and social development of the south middle zone of the country. In the global scenario, the South and South-East Asian countries economy can be integrated, in which Payra Port could emerge as an effective partner to Chittagong and Mongla Ports. With a planned development of Payra Port, it can be turned in to an effective port in Bangladesh and a regional hub for trade and commerce. It is said that a port can change the fate of a nation. Payra SeaPort could be such a port for Bangladesh.

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Restrictions on Length Overall

Generally, the permissible length of the vessel inside the Port limit as follows:
(1) Up to Outer Anchorage near Fairway Buoy – No Restrictions
(2) Up to Harbouria Anchorage – 200m
(3) Up to Mooring Buoys – 180m
(4) Up to Jetties – 170m
(5) During Night Pilotage – 145m

Hydrographical Information

The tides are important for navigation as determines the possibility of crossing the shallow outer bar at the entrance. The tides are semi-diurnal with prominent diurnal effect. The approx, tidal range is between 1.2, to 3.5, all over the channel.
Distance Information of Pussur Channel (Approx.)

Navigation Information

Basic Navigational information is:
 Vessels of 6.0m to 8.5m draught can take a berth in anchorage, mooring buoys, and jetties.
 Maximum LOA of vessels 200 metre.
 Tidal Range-between 1.2 and 3.5 metre
 Pilotage- compulsory
 Radio Communication – Port control, Harbour Control and Hiron Point Pilot Station maintains VHF Channel 16 and 12 for 24 hrs.
 Three tugs and one fire fighting tug available
 Night navigation is permissible for outward and inward movement of ships up to 140m. LOA and 6.0m Draught.

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