Entrance

There are three bars, one at mouth of the Karnaphuli River called the Outer bar and the second the Inner bar at 2.26 km from the Outer bar and the third is the Gupta bar at 8.58 Km from the outer bar. The least depth at outer bar is 5.2 meters (approx) from the chart datum (CD) i.e. from Indian Spring Low Water Level (ISLWL).The Least depth at the inner bar and Gupta bar are 7.2 meters and 6.9 meters respectively from Indian Spring Low Water Level (ISLWL).

The following Navigation Aids guide ships to approach the Port of Chittagong.

ST. Martine's Island Light House
Lat 20° 37' 52'' N
Long 92° 19' 24'' E
Flash Group (2) every 30 seconds; Visibility 17 Nautical Miles.

Coxs Bazar Light House
Lat 21° 26' 00'' N
Long 91° 58' 30'' E
Single flash every 15 seconds; Visibility 21-5 Nautical Miles.

Kutubdia Light House (New)
Lat 21° 52' 18'' N
Long 91° 50' 36'' E
Flash Group (3) every 10 seconds; Visibility 17 Nautical Miles.

Norman's Point Light House (New)
Lat 22° 10' 43'' N
Long 091° 49' 27'' E
Flash white every 10 seconds; Visibility 17 Nautical Miles.

Patanga Light House
Lat 22° 13' 34'' N
Long 091° 48' 12'E
Flash Red every 10 seconds; Visibility 13 Nautical Miles.

Note
Principle officer, Mercantile Marine Department , Ministry of Shipping, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh is responsible for maintenance and operation of St. Martin’s, Cox’s Bazar and Kutubdia Light House.

Referance
1. Admiralty Chart No. 84 “Approaches to the “Karnafuli River” Bay of Bengal Folio”
2. Admiralty Chart No. 859 “Elephant point to Matla River” : Bay of Bengal Folio.
3. Bay of Bengal Pilot.

Caution to be exercised in Respect of the Wrecks on the Following Marking.

S.S THETIC “C” Lat 22° 07' 59'' N
  Long 91° 45' 59'' E

S.S VISHVAKUSUM Lat 22° 15΄ 28˝ N
  Long 91° 44΄ 32˝ E

S.S KAWANA Lat 22° 12΄ 32˝ N
  Long 91° 48΄ 10˝ E

M.V. TINA Lat 22° 14΄ 16˝ N
  Long 91° 46΄ 34˝ E

M. V. LETA Lat 22° 15΄ 21˝ N
  Long 91° 45΄ 28˝ E

M. V. QUADER Lat 22° 17΄ 01˝ N
  Long 91° 43΄ 41˝ E

M. V. HANG GANG-3 (under salvage) Lat 22° 15΄ 11˝ N
  Long 91° 44΄ 00˝ E

BIWTC-1063 Lat 22° 17΄ 35˝ N
Long 91° 42΄ 46˝ E

Titu-9 Lat
Long 22° 13' 45.28" N
091° 45' 11.28' E

Bengal Bridge Lat
Long 22° 18' 10.96" N
091° 43' 14.81' E

United Star Lat
Long 22° 12' 32.09" N
091° 48' 14.51" E

Firo3 Farjana Lat
Long 22° 14' 06.63" N
091° 46' 12.81" E

Fortune Lat
Long 22° 17' 12.36" N
091° 49' 11.46" E

Position of Outer Bar Buoys
1. Outer Bar Buoy No. 1 Lat 22° 12΄ 38.13˝ N
(STBD SIDE) Long 091° 47΄ 43.70˝ E

2. Outer Bar Buoy No. 2 Lat 22° 13΄01.35˝ N
(Port Side) Long 091° 47'45.54˝ E

Master are advised not to anchor southward of Patenga Light House having a bearing 55° and to observe Admiralty Notices describing prohibited Anchorage and proposed Anchorages. On arrival at the outer Anchorage, the vessels should proceed to marked anchorage clear off the prohibited Anchorage and contact the signal station Port Radio Control on VHF-ch-12 to indicate the time and position of the vessels anchored. This signal station Port Radio Control keeps constant watch and records the arrivals and departures of vessels and transmits and receives advance information of urgent nature.

The ships movements into and from the harbour normally start 4 to 5 hours before the high water and the tides have been termed A.M. and P.M. taking this factor into account.

 

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