Karachi Port Trust KPT
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
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
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
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 ships 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.