DHAKA – Bangladesh has zeroed in on Sonadia Island in the
Bay of Bengal to develop its first deep-sea port, which, if given
the green light, will be in direct competition with a Myanmar
deep-sea port planned for Maday Island in Rakhine State.
A tourist spot at present, Sonadia Island is about seven kilometres
off Cox’s Bazar and is about nine square kilometres in area,
located close to Myanmar.
A Shipping Ministry proposal backed by the recommendations of
Pacific Consultants International (PCI), a Japanese firm, is to
go before the Advisors Economic Affairs Comm-ittee shortly, according
to a report in the Daily Star newspaper.
The shipping ministry believes that a seaport in Bangladesh
has the potential to turn into a regional hub because of its geographic
The Bangladeshi government hopes this port might attract many
South Asian nations, particularly landlocked Nepal and Bhutan,
northeastern India, Myanmar and southern parts of China for their
cargo shipment needs.
Myanmar firm Asia World Co., Ltd announced late last month it
would build a deep-sea port at Kyaukphyu on Maday Island to serve
as a transit point for regional cargo ships. – IANS