Payra Sea Port is the 3rd sea port of Bangladesh located in general area in between latitude 21o15’- 22o00’ North and longitude 90o00’- 90o30’ East on the bank of Rabnabad Channel under Kalapara, a sub district of Patuakali. In order to increase the economic activities in the central zone and meet the future demand, Payra Sea Port Act 2013 was passed in National Parliament on 10 November 2013. Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated country’s 3rd seaport named as “Payra Sea Port” at Rabnabad Channel at Patuakhali district on 19 November 2013.
Government has taken Short, Mid & Long Term Plan to develop a state of art modern sea port. As Short Term Plan, Payra Port Authority is set operate the port activities by off loading cargos from motherships at outer/inner anchorage and transported to the hinterlands through river routes. All the necessary preparations like Custom Clearance Facilities, VHF communication, Banking, enlistment of Ship handling operators, C&F, Shipping agent, Channel Marking with Laying of Buoys at River and approach channel, Marking of Payra inner and outer Anchorage area, Implementation of ISPS code, UN Locator Code, and port security including a Bangladesh Coastguard station with high speed vessel and manpower etc have been completed.
Under Mid Term Plan, by 2018 Govt is going to operate the port with at least one multipurpose and one bull terminal where deep draught vessel with upto 12m can berth safely. Under Long Term Plan, by 2023 the port would be fully operational with a 16 m channel where minimum 10 km container & other terminals with all other associated facilities like establishing EEZ, Air port, Port city, Dockyeard/Shipyard, Echo Tourism etc centring to the port.
Presently the port users are using River Route connecting to Dhaka and other districts. In the river route vessel more than 4 metre draught with bulk cargo are plying day and night irrespective of tide. Various commodities including food grain, cement, fertilizer and other bulk are transported from Payra to Dhaka and other destinations through internal waterways.
PPA’S objective focuses mainly on providing necessary services and facilities to the port users efficiently and effectively at competitive price. Though PPA started its limited scale port operations by offloading bulk cargoes at inner/outer anchorage, with the passage of time PPA is going to handle maximum volume of container and bulk cargoes of Bangladesh using the geographical advantages, good hinterland connectivi