The meeting was attended by Mumtaz Ali Shah, Secretary Maritime Affairs, Asif Hammad, GM KPT, Syed Rashid Jamil, CEO, SAPT, Horace Hui, CEO, KICT
and Khurram Khan, CEO PICT.
Speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael said that handling of the ten million TEUs by KICT
is a significant achievement and very relevant to the ongoing activities being pursued by the present Government in the promotion of ports and shipping sector, which is the backbone of our national economy.
The market shares of KICT
, QICT and PICT as a percentage of total volumes remained pretty much unaltered on a year on year basis thus suggesting that there was no disruptive wheeling and dealing by the terminals resulting in kicking the market off balance by the terminals.
The chief guest on the occasion was COMKAR Rear Admiral Farrukh Ahmed, Vice Chairman of Karachi Port Trust (KPT), Andy Tsoi, Managing Director - Middle East Asia Division, Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) and Mr Keith Lau, Chief Executive Officer of KICT
, along with over 150 guests from KPT, shipping lines, cargo owners and business leaders attended.
The break-up shows that KICT
handled 45,486 TEUs of import containers and 44,592 TEUs of exports containers in May 2015 whereas the PICT handled 38,213 TEUs of import containers and 30,920 TEUs of export containers respectively from 31 and 36 vessel arrived at the two terminals.
The questionnaire was administered to 30 Master students from KICT
department from Library and IT departments, randomly selected.
Consequently nine berths were leased out to private sector on BOT basis where two modern container terminals, PICT and KICT
, are fruitfully functioning.
The breakup shows that KICT
handled 45,486 TEUs of import containers and 44,592 TEUs of exports containers, while the PICT handled 38,213 TEUs of import containers and 30,920 TEUs of export containers respectively from 31 and 36 vessels arrived at the two terminals.
Sources in KPT have said that the currently operating container terminals in Pakistan, namely KICT
, PICT and QICT, have inherent limitations due to which they are not suited to handle container vessels of sized exceeding 10,000 TEUs.
At the KPT, two private terminals PICT and KICT
are operating as per international standard/bench mark and handled 42,279 TEUs import and 41,831 export at KICT
with 40 vessels and 36,767 TEUs import and 33,349 TEUs export at PICT with 27 vessels in the previous month.
FBR had installed web Internet system in KICT
through contract in March, 2005 on emergency basis.
Saquib Fayyaz Magoon mentioned that earlier a similar meeting was also held with the officials of Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT
) on the same issues which yielded fruitful results in reduction of time period for examination of containers and the situation had become better in KICT