Sixty-six years after establishment of Mongla port, special steps are being taken to remove oil floating on the adjacent Posur river channel to protect the bio-diversity of the Sundarbans.
The port authorities bought an oil-removal vessel to remove the oil from the 131 kilometer-long Posur channel.
The construction work of this oil-sweeping vessel, which is about 14 meters long and has speed of 14.5 nautical miles per hour, was completed at a cost of Tk 18 crore through international tender.
Chairman of Mongla port Commodore AKM Faruk Hasan and its Harbour Master M Waliullah visited Finland on October 8 to see the initial oil test (test trial) of the ship.
After this, the vessel left from Finland for Mongla port. The ship will arrive at Mongla port in the third week of next month.
Harbour Master M Waliullah said this is the first purchase of an oil removal vessel after establishment of the port in 1950.
On December 9 in 2014, furnace oil-laden oil tanker MV Southern Seven Star drowned in the Chandpai Range of Sundarbans. It spilled crude oil that caused death of many aquatic creatures, said Waliullah
It is necessary to quickly remove the oil-filled materials from 131-kilometer long posur channel of the Sundarbans, he said.
“This vessel will help us combat such kinds of disasters quickly,” he added.