2.1.4 Bangladesh Port of Matarbari

Port Overview

Matarbari Port is a proposed deep seaport in Matarbari, Cox's Bazar District, Chattogram Division, Bangladesh. The port will be full commercial opening by expanding Coal jetty for berthing of vessels for the Maheshkhali power plant in Cox's Bazar district. At least 16.3-meter-deep ships can be easily accessible Matarbari Port. With the depth of the proposed Matarbari port being 16.3 meters, every ship will be able to bring more than 8000 containers. Currently, vessels with less than a 9-meter draft can call at the country’s two seaports at Chattogram and Mongla.

JICA will build a 15-kilometer long channel for construction of Matarbari port. Main navigational channel will be 350 meters wide. The 100-meter-long jetty will be constructed under the port's financing. The deep seaport’s multi-purpose terminal will be ready for container shipping vessels by November 2022, and a coal terminal will be constructed by August 2022

In the first phase of construction, the container terminal will be built on 18 hectares, have a 460-meter berth, be able to accommodate 8,000 TEU vessels, and have an annual capacity of 600,000 to 1.1 million TEU. Later, the container terminal will be expanded, comprise 70 hectares, have an 1,850-meter berth, and have a 2.8-million-MT capacity. The multi-purpose terminal will be built on 17 hectares, have a 300-meter berth, and be able to accommodate vessels with up to 70,000 dwt. Its annual capacity will be 2.25 million tonnes

Key port information may also be found at:

Port Picture

Matarbari Deep Sea port at a glance

Port Location and Contact



Province or District

Maheshkhali Upazila, Cox’s Bazar

Port's Complete Name

Port of Matarbari





Managing Company or Port Authority

Matarbari Port Authority

To be opened


Type of harbor

Deep sea port

Length of Nav channel


wide of Nav channel

350 meters


16.3 meters

Envision of the port

In the first phase of stage one, according to JICA's presentation, the port will have annual handling capacity of 0.8 million TEUs of containers and 2.5 million tonnes of bulk cargos. The port will be connected to the national highway and also have access to Chattogram and Cox's Bazar.

In the second phase of stage one, the port will have three jetties ready for container handling and four to six jetties for multipurpose use by 2028. Meanwhile, its container handling capacity will grow to 2.8 million TEUs and cargo handling capacity will reach 2.5 million tonnes per year.

After the completion of the final stage by 2035, the port will have the capacity to handle 4.8 million TEUs of containers and 16 to 38 million tonnes of bulk cargos. By 2024, the port will have rail connectivity through Dohazari-Cox's Bazaar line. An inland container depot will also be built by then.

By 2035, the container terminal's berth will reach 1,850-metre on 70 hectares area. Japan has agreed to invest US$20 billion for Moheshkhali-Matarbari initiative, of which half will come from its low-cost ODA (official development assistance). The rest will come as private sector investment.


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