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Port Qasim At A Glance

Authority

Port Qasim Authority, Bin Qasim, Karachi -75020, Pakistan, Telephone # 92-21-99272111-30, Fax # 34730108-09

Website: www.pqa.gov.pk

Chairman

Mr. Agha Jan Akhtar

Port Security

Container Security Initiative (CSI) designated port.

Pre-Arrival Information

Ship General Declaration form. ETA to be communicated at least 72, 48 and 24 hours respectively

Approach

Day and night access to Port through a 45 km long channel marked by channel buoys up to 11 meter draught vessels.

Anchorage

The Anchorage has good holding ground and vessels with a draft over 11 m can safely anchor 3 miles SW-W of the Fairway Buoy.

Pilotage

Compulsory for vessels calling at the Port. Pilots board and disembark 1.5 nautical miles SW of the Fairway Lt buoy in pos 24" 33.16'N 67" 02.91' E but in SW monsoon the pilots disembark in sheltered area and lead the vessel over the bends to the Fairway.

Towage

Compulsory. Two ASD tugs of 60 tonnes Bolard Pull, Three ocean going tugs of 35-40 bollard pull and two litherage tug of 1000 bhp and 15 tons bollard pull are available at the Port.

Radio Frequency Information

Port Qasim control on VHF Channel 16. Working on VHF Channel 9 and 10

Weather

Visibility is very much reduced due to suspended during the SW monsoon and also fog or mist at dawn and at dusk in winter.

 Principal Imports & Exports
 

Wheat Imports & Exports
Chemicals Imports Only
Coal Imports Only
Containers Imports and Exports
Crude oil   Imports Only
Furnace oil   Imports Only
Edible oil  Imports Only
Iron ore   Imports Only
Rice  Export Only
General Cargo Imports & Exports
Cement Export
Sugar Import

Traffic        

Table below shows ship & cargo statistics over last five years

Period Million Tonnes No. of Ships
2008-09
25.0
1230
2009-10

25.6

1187

2010-11

26.2

1229

2011-12

24.0

1083

2012-13

24.7

1057

 

 

Draught/Dimensions at Port

Berths/Terminals Draught (M) Beam (M) LOA (M)
LCT
10.00
33.00
210.00
MW Berth No.1

10.00

33.00

225.00

MW Berth No.2
10.00
33.00
225.00
MW Berth No.3

10.00

33.00

225.00

MW Berth No.4
10.50
33.00
225.00
QICT-1

12.00

43.50

310.00

QICT-2

13.00

43.50

310.00

FAP G.T.

13.00  Max. DWT 75000 Tons

43.50

250.00

EVTL

11.00

40.00

225.00

IOCB
12.00 Max.DWT 75000 Tons
40.00
230.00
FOTCO
13.00
41.50
245.00
SSGC / LPG

10.00

33.00

163.00

 

 Berths/ Terminals

a) Iron Ore & Coal Berth: Commissioned in 1980, IOCB is a specialized berth for handling of raw material imports of Pakistan Steel Mills. The berth 279 meters in length, is equipped with two grab unloaders, with a handling capacity of 700 tonnes per hour each. Currently vessels of 55,000 tonnes DWT are handled here. The berth is connected to the Pakistan Steel stockyard through a 4.5 kilometer long conveyer. The design capacity of the berth stands as 3.03 million tons per annum.

b) Marginal Wharf: Marginal wharf comprises four multi-purpose berths in a linear length of 800 meters each divided into 200 meters length. With design capacity of 6-7 million tonnes per annum, the terminal can accommodate 55000 DWT class vessels. All bulk, break bulk and general cargo is handled at these berths. Cargo handling at Marginal wharf is carried out by Cargo Handling Companies (CHC) in private sector, under one window operation

c) FOTCO Oil Terminal: FOTCO is a a state-of-the-art environmental friendly marine oil terminal developed in private sector on BOO basis at a cost of US $ 87 million and is operational since April 1995. The Terminal with design capacity of 9 million tonnes per annum has a growth potential to handle more than 27 million tonnes.

d) QICT: Qasim International Container Terminal QICT has been developed through conversion of three existing multipurpose berths with a quay length of 600 meters into two berths container terminal at a cost of US$ 100 million on BOT basis. The terminal is operational since August 1997 and encompasses a total area of 240,000 sq. meters. The Terminal with design capacity of 0. 85 millions TEUs / annum is capable of handling vessels up to 305 meters length.

e) Engo VoPak Chemicals Terminals : The Terminal and storage farm has been developed to cater for chemical imports, by Engro Pakistan in collaboration with Vopak of Netherlands on BOT basis at a cost of US$ 100 million. Operational since January 1998, the Terminal can accommodate 75000 dwt class vessels with ultimate design capacity of 4 million tones per annum.

f) PROGAS LPG Terminal: The terminal with design capacity of 2 million tonnes per annum has been developed in private sector on BOT basis at a cost of US$ 50 million. The terminal is operational since 2007.

g) Liquid Cargo Terminal: The terminal with design capacity of 4 million tonnes per annum has been developed in private sector on BOT basis at a cost of US$ 15 million to cater for edible oil imports.

 

h) Grain & Fertilizer Terminal: A specialized Grain & Fertilizer Terminal developed by M/s Fauji Akbar Portia at a cost of US$ 135 million with handling capacity of over 4 million tonnes per annum  has been formally inaugurated by Prime Minister of Pakistan on 26th October 2010. This terminal was created by reclaiming 22 acres of water and has a 300 meter long jetty.

i) 2nd Container Terminal - QICT: Implementation Agreement was signed on 17th August 2006 with QICT for establishment of 2nd container terminal on BOT basis, having capacity of 14 million tonnes per annuam at a estimated cost of US $ 211 millions. The terminal is designed to accomodate 6,000 TEUs container vessels. The commercial operation of the project has been started in January, 2011.

 

Storage

Two covered transit shed of 10,000 sq. m each are available at berths 2 & 4 at Marginal Wharf. Three Term Storage Areas (open) are also available at the Port.

Mechanical Handling Equipment

Cargo handling at the Port is done in private sector. Cargo Handling Companies (CHC’s) at Marginal Wharf are equipped with fork lifters, cranes, hoppers and evacuators for handling general and bulk cargoes.

Bunkering

Available at the Port by bardge / Tank Lorry.

Waste Reception Facilities

Available at the Port by request through private party.

Ship Repairs

Available in private sector

Medical Facilities

Medical Center with first aid facilities and two well equipped ambulances is available round the clock in port area. Adequate medical and hospitalization facilities are available in the city.

Airport

Jinnah International Airport at a distance of 30 km from Port Complex.

Railways

14 km railway link to National Railway Network through six railway tracks located immediately behind Marginal Wharf.

Development

PQA has launched multi-faceted strategy i.e. increase port parameters to accommodate larger vessels to benefit from economy of scales, strengthen the port with requisite crafts and build additional berths/terminal for capacity enhancement. Some of the development projects include: Deepening of navigation channel, acquisition of tugs, Establishment of 2nd Container Terminal, Grain & Fertilizer Terminal, LPG Terminal , Coal & Clinker/cement Terminal, World Trade Centre and Development of Waterfronts etc. To facilitate industrial and commercial establishment at its industrial estate, PQA is also undertaking development of roads, provision of water facilities, sewerage, and storm water drainage in Eastern Industrial zone at a cost of Rs. 8.8 billion.