Bangladeshi flag bearer feeder vessel MV HR Rhea has set sail for the first time on Monday from the New Mooring Container Terminal (NCT) at Chittagong port at 4:15 pm with containers carrying export goods of 836 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units). The ship is heading for Singapore.
MV HR Rhea was recently launched along with MV HR Hera to ply Singapore-Colombo-Kelang port by HR Lines, a subsidiary of the Karnaphuli Group that operates domestic flag bearer ships in international sea.
MV HR Hera will sail from Chittagong port to Colombo on Wednesday.
Anis Ud Daula, executive director of HR Lines, told The Business Standard MV Rhea left Chittagong Port for Singapore on Monday afternoon. It is scheduled to reach Singapore on 10 April.
MV HR Rhea and MV HR Hera will transport goods from Chittagong port to Singapore-Colombo-Kelang port Under the Chittagong-Colombo Express service, he continued.
He added, "Launched in June last year, our two previous ships 'Sahare' and 'Sarera' transports import and export goods containers from Chittagong port to Singapore port and Kelang port in Malaysia."
As there is no deep sea port in Bangladesh, large container vessels cannot dock at Chittagong seaport. As a result, small ships have to be relied upon to transport container goods on international routes. These ships are known as feeder vessels.
These ships carry container goods from Chittagong port to the destinations of different countries including Singapore, Malaysia and China with transit facilities.
At present, 22 foreign feeder operators transport goods on 84 container ships from Chittagong port to Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Chinese ports through transit routes.
Karnaphuli Group is the only domestic company operating four feeder vessels carrying Bangladeshi flag.