West P&I Club has told members that it was continuing to see claims arising due to collisions between vessels underway and at anchor within the Chittagong anchorage area, with 50 such claims involving entered vessels recorded since 2013.
Members with vessels proceeding to Chittagong were reminded of the guidance contained in the Club’s article from April 5th 2013 (Bangladesh – Anchoring off Chittagong Port) as well as Zalal Uddin Ahmed’s text “Navigate Vessel Safely at the Chittagong Port (Bangladesh) Anchorage”. The Club said that Members should advise their vessels to consider the advice contained in both articles prior to arrival off Chittagong port.
West P&I also warned that, in the Club’s experience, delays in discharge at Chittagong were commonplace. Vessels proceeding to the port could therefore reasonably expect to be exposed to the various hazards in the anchorage, including strong tidal streams, poor holding ground and congestion for a prolonged period.
West P&I advised that members should also consider the possibility of delays when negotiating charter party terms,