Implementing improved cargo handling facilities in IWT terminals in Bangladesh

IWT Terminals

IWT Terminals


Ralph Guldberg Bjørndal

Ralph Guldberg Bjørndal

Project Director
T: +45 5161 6291
Annette Oelert-Pedersen

Annette Oelert-Pedersen

Head of Ports, Marine and Geo Structures (Denmark)
T: +45 5161 1272

Inland Water Transport (IWT) in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is the largest deltaic country in the world formed by Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna river systems. As such, its transport routes, both for cargo and passengers, are dependent on well-maintained inland waterways and suitable port infrastructure. 

The BIWTA S-4 Project

One of several infrastructure improvement campaigns launched by BIWTA with aid of World Bank, was package S-4 with focus to improve cargo handling facilities. The project is centered on the main Dhaka-Chittagong IWT route, with branches to Ashuganj, Ghorashal and Barisal. 

The overall goal of the project was planning and construction of two new IWT cargo terminals:

Ramboll in association with partners in Bangladesh, have performed a feasibility study and detailed design of 2 new IWT cargo terminals in Pangaon and Ashuganj. In both locations new berthing facilities and improved cargo handling facilities will be implemented. Total Quay length in both locations are approximately 350 m.

Services provided

The services are carried out for the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) and include surveys, port master planning, EIA, SIA etc. The project is financed by the World Bank.
The following services have been provided:

  • Feasibility study
  • Port master planning
  • Market study
  • Surveys and pre-investigations
  • Mapping of land use constraints
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Social Impact Assessment
  • Concept Design
  • CAPEX and OPEX estimates
  • Financial and economic analyses
  • SWOT analysis
  • Detailed Design of Jetties and waterfront structures, Buildings, Pavement and Utilities
  • Construction supervision

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DK-2300 Copenhagen S
Tel:+45 5161 1000
Fax:+45 5161 1001

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