Mongla & Chattogram declared Ports of Call under Coastal Shipping Agreemen
Why in news?
Mongla and Chattogram are declared as Ports of Call under the ‘Coastal Shipping Agreement’ between India and Bangladesh. An MoU, Agreement and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on the use of Chattogram Port & Mongla Ports for movement of goods to & from India have been signed by India and Bangladesh.
The following are existing Ports of Call in the two countries on Indo-Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) route:
What is Port Of Call?
- Port of call means an intermediate stop for a ship on its scheduled journey for cargo operation or taking on supplies or fuel. As Per the shipping Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation a “port of call” can be defined as the port of a country where cargo or a passenger (cruise) ship halts to discharge or load the cargo or to embark or disembark passengers.
- While the term ports are broadened and generalised to include facilities and amenities feasible to people and cargo, the meaning of port of call has an altogether different interpretation.
- Port of call can include both inland harbours and marine seaports that cater to vessels transiting internationally. Further sub-dividing them, there can even be fish harbours where fishes are lugged and disseminated, cargo harbours where cargo is dispersed and a dry harbour where vessels’ maintenance and refurbishing is carried out.
- A marine port, tagged as a port of call, refers to a port where a ship halts so that passengers can embark and disembark appropriately or in case of cargo ships, load or unload goods.
Voyage and Port of CallThe Terms “Voyage” and “Port of Call” are interrelated as they complement each other to complete the meaning of their respective terminology.
A ship or vessel voyage can be from one port to another, including the return trip depending on the circumstances. A single journey may contain multiple “port of calls”.
For some ship such as engaged in naval duty, going from 1st port of call to the last port of call and then come back to the first port of call again is usually considered as one voyage.