Pakistani Ports


Karachi Port Trust – KPT (Old Port)

A Board of Trustees comprising of a Chairman and 10 Trustees administers the Karachi Port. Out of the 10 Trustees, the Federal Government nominates 5 and 5 are nominated by various sector organizations representing the trade. The Chairman is appointed by the Federal Government and acts as the Chief Executive.


The Harbour, which is about 3.5 miles in length, is approached from its main navigable channel at the Fairway buoy, which is about 2.8 miles from the Manora Breakwater. The entrance lies between the southern end of Manora Breakwater and the South Eastern extremity of Keamari Groyne Becon.


Pilotage is compulsory for vessels of 200 NRT and upwards. Pilot boards at the Outer Anchorage at the fairway Buoy. Vessels are piloted day and night, subject to tides, length and draft. Pilotage distance is about 5 to 6 miles.


Port is equipped with VHF radiotelephone (Calling Channel: 16; Working Channel: 12, control)


The Port owns 8 diesel tugs. Four (4) tugs have bollard pull varying from 10-18 tons, Two (2) tugs have 27 tons bollard pull and 2 (Voith Schneider) tugs have 35 tons bollard pull.


Two floating cranes are available: “Hathi” with 100 tons lifting capacity and “Peeltan” with 60 tons capacity.



Karachi International Container Terminal - KICT

The first private container terminal at Karachi Port with a three-berth wharf of the terminal is spread over an area of 600 meters. Capable of berthing handling up to three ships can be berthed at the terminal at any one time. The draft at these berths has been increased to 10.5 meters. Presently they have 3 Ship to Shore Gantry Cranes, 6 Rubber Tired Gantry cranes and Reach Stacker capable of stacking full and empties containers.



Port Muhammad Bin Qasim - PQA

The management of Port Qasim is entrusted to the Port Qasim Authority which was formed in 1973. Construction of the Port started in 1976, and the specialized Iron Ore and Coal berth was commissioned in 1980, whilst the Multi-purpose terminal (MPT) began operating in 1981. The port was envisaged as a bulk cargo port and serves as the second seaport of Pakistan.


The MPT comprises seven berths of 200 meters length each with a maximum permissible draft of 10 meters on Berth Nos. 1 to 4 and 11 meters on Berth Nos. 5 to 7.


In recent years, PQA has added a dedicated oil jetty (FOTCO) and a chemical terminal (EPTL) as well as a container terminal (QICT) on Berth Nos. 5 to 7, all in the private sector.


No shore cranes are available but mobile cranes of various capacities can be hired through the cargo handling companies operating at PQA in order to supplement ship’s gear.


Piltage is compulsory, whilst berthing and sailing are carries out according to tide and only during daylight (as no night pilotage is permitted) It is expected but night navigation will commence towards the end of the year 2001.


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