Mongla Sea Port is the second biggest sea port of Bangladesh on the south west of the country near Bay of Bengal.
The name Mongla originated from Mongla River presently known as Mongla Nulla. Mongla River originated from Pussur and Rampal is situated beside Pussur. The anchorage was shifted to Mongla in 1954 as the place could accommodate sea-going vessels with greater draughts. During the Pakistan period, the administration of the port was under a port director, whose main office was at Khulna.
Mongla Port located at Chalna, about 18 km upstream on the Pusur River, but it is now located 48 km south of Khulna city, as established on 11 December 1954. The Port is surrounded as well as well protected by the Sundarban mangrove forest. The port is situated at the confluence of the Pashur River and the Mongla River. It lies about 100 km north of the Bay of Bengal and is connected to the major inland river ports and to the rail terminal at Khulna.
Potential of Mongla Port
- Viable alternative to Chittagong Port.
- Transportation distance from Dhaka to Mongla shorter than that of Dhaka-Chittagong after completion of proposed Padma Bridge.
- Compared to Chittagong Port, the Landing charge, Shipping charge and River dues are lower in Mongla port.
- Large area of existing land with access to river and to sea.
- Sheltered inland water access from Dhaka (Pangaon ICT and two other private ICTs are close to completion).
- Sheltered anchorage port for easy unloading of ships and heavy equipment.
- Close access to Mongla Export Processing Zone (EPZ) : Large area available for industrial plots Inland.