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Key port information can also be found at: Maritime Database information on Pakistan Ports

Port Overview

Karachi is known as the gateway to Asia due to its geographical and strategic location. Karachi city also has the distinction of being the birthplace of the founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah and was the first capital of Pakistan till 1963. It is now the largest city with a bustling and ever increasing population of over 18 million.

By 1852, Karachi was an established city with a population of about 14,000 with prosperous trade in over-seas markets. However, the existing Karachi Port started taking shape in 1854, when the projects of dredging the main navigable channel and the construction of a mole or causeway joining the main harbour with the rest of the city were undertaken. The construction of the wharves started in 1882, and by 1914 the East Wharves and the Napier Mole Boat Wharf had been completed. During the period between 1927 and 1944, the West Wharves of the Port, the lighterage berths and the ship-repairing berths were constructed. Most of these facilities were rendered obsolete by the time Pakistan came into existence in 1947. Since then, the port administration has embarked on extensive development of the port on modern lines.

Karachi Port is now handling over 11.74 million tons of liquid cargo and 25.45 million tons of dry cargo, including 1,213,744 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) which constitute about 60% of import/ export of the country.

Port website: Pakistan Port of Karachi Website

Port Location and Contacts

Country

Pakistan

Province or District

Karachi

Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)

Name: Karachi Port

km: 15 km

Port's Complete Name

Port of Karachi

Latitude

24.81667

Longitude

66.98333

Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)

Karachi Port Trust

Management Contact Person

General Manager – Operations

Mr. Azhar Hayat

+ 92 21 99214375

+92 21 99214530-40 Ext. 2240

gmo@kpt.gov.pk

Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

Airport Name: Jinnah International Airport

Dist: 23.8 km Time: 37 min

Airlines: PIA, EMIRATES, CATHY Pacific, Thai, SHAHEEN, Saudi Airlines, Indus Airways, Malaysian Airlines.

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

For information on Port of Karachi Port contact details, please see the following link:

4.2.3 Pakistan Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Port Performance

TYPE OF CARGO HANDLED

2012-13

2013-14

%age growth

IMPORTS (Millions Tons)

Dry General Cargo

11.539

12.641

+9.55

Dry Bulk Cargo

4.839

5.995

+23.89

Total Dry Cargo

16.378

18.636

+13.79

Liquid Bulk Cargo

10.322

11.707

+13.42

TOTAL

26.700

30.343

+13.64

EXPORTS (Millions Tons)

Dry General Cargo

8.844

8.591

- 2.86

Dry Bulk Cargo

1.607

1.015

-36.84

Total Dry Cargo

10.451

9.606

-8.09

Liquid Bulk Cargo

1.699

1.401

17.54

Total

12.150

11.007

-9.41

TOTAL IMPORTS & EXPORTS (Million Tons)

Dry General Cargo

20.383

21.232

+4.17

Dry Bulk Cargo

6.446

7.010

+8.75

Total Dry Cargo

26.892

28.242

+5.27

Liquid Bulk Cargo

12.021

13.108

+9.04

Grand Total

38.850

41.350

+6.44

CONTAINER HANDLING (TEUs in Million)

No of Imports

0.769

0.811

+5.39

No of Export

0.752

0.780

+4.55

Total TEUs

1.522

1.591

+4.55

SHIP MOVEMENT (In Nos)

Containers Ships

785

817

+4.08

Bulk Cargo Ships

198

172

-13.13

Gen. Cargo Ships

189

229

+21.16

Oil Tankers

424

456

+7.55

Total

1596

1674

+4.89

Berthing Specifications

PORT PARAMETER

OP-1

(POL PRODUCTS)

MAX LOA 259 M

MAX BEAM 44 M

MAX DRAFT IMPORT 13 M

MAX DRAFT EXPORT 13 M

MAX DWT 75.000 TONS

MAX DISPL 95.000 TONS

Crude Oil & HSD.
CHEM (PRIVATE)

OP-2

(POL PRODUCTS)

MAX LOA 259 M

MAX BEAM 44 M

MAX DRAFT IMPORT 11.88 M

MAX DRAFT EXPORT 11.28

MAX DWT 75.000 TONS

MAX DISPL 95.000 TONS

Chemical, Ethanol, Mollasses

Crude Oil, Palm Oil, HSD &

AV GAS.MOGAS.NAPTHA
.HSFO.LSFO.

OP-3

(POL PRODUCTS)

MAX LOA 259 M

MAX BEAM 44 M

MAX DRAFT IMPORT 12.5 M

MAX DRAFT EXPORT 12.25 M

MAX DWT 75.000 TONS

MAX DISPL 95.000 TONS

Chemical, Ethanol, Mollasses

Crude Oil, Vegetable Oil,

Naphtha, Base LSFO, HSFO

AV GAS, MO GAS

BERTH NO. 1,2,3

MAX LOA NR

MAX BEAM NR

MAX DRAFT 10.67 M

Dedicated coal Berth and General Cargo/ Bulk/ Deep Draft all dirty Cargoes
DB-1 CHEM.ETHANOL.MOLLASSES.

BERTH NO. 4-5

MAX LOA 186 M

MAX BEAM NR

MAX DRAFT 10.75 M

Deep Draft/Bulk/General Cargo/Cruise Ships/ Naval Ships

PICT

BERTH NO. 6-9

MAX LOA 305 M

MAX BEAM NR


Dedicated Container Terminal in Private Sector PICT

w.e.f 01-08-2005.

BERTH NO. 10,11,12

MAX LOA 250 M

MAX BEAM NR

MAX DRAFT 13 M

Deep Draft/Bulk/General Cargo/ Naval Ships

BERTH NO. 13

MAX LOA 250 M

MAX BEAM NR

MAX DRAFT 13 M

Deep Draft/Bulk/General Cargo/ Naval Ships

BERTH NO. 18

MAX LOA 140 M

MAX BEAM NR

MAX DRAFT 9.5 M

General + Project cargo, Jute/Break bulk +Geared Containers

BERTH NO. 19-21

MAX LOA 160 M

MAX BEAM NR

MAX DRAFT 9.5 M

General + Project cargo, Jute/Break bulk +Geared Containers

BERTH NO. 22-23

MAX LOA 150 M

MAX BEAM NR

MAX DRAFT 7.5 M

General , Jute/Break bulk +Geared Containers

BERTH NO. 24-25

MAX LOA N.R

MAX BEAM NR

MAX DRAFT 10.0 M

General + Project cargo, Jute/Break bulk +Geared Containers, Bulk Cement.

KICT

MAX LOA 340 M

Dedicated Container Terminal in Private Sector KICT

BERTH NO 26-30

MAX BEAM NR

MAX DRAFT 13 M

n/a

OTHER INFORMATION

1.         There are no restriction on the beam for the general Cargo vessels when the ships are working with their own gear

2.         There are no Rail served Berths on East Wharves.

3.         40 Tons shore crane available at berth No 18

4.         Movement at Berth No.18 to 23 restricted to Day light only.

5.         Vessel drawing draft of more than the sanctioned depth will not be allowed to enter the Port.

6.         The above draught/ dimensions are subject to availability of sufficient tide/weather condition

7.         Deep draft vessels are to commence loading/discharging immediately after berthing.

8.         Ship on arrival at outer anchorage are to communicate correct draught and other vessels particulars

Karachi Port Trust

Karachi Port Trust (KPT) is situated in the city of Karachi and has two different wharves East & West wharf and it has 3 oil pier berths 21 General Cargo berths and 2 Container Terminals on both wharves.

OIL PIER

From berth # OP-1 to OP-3= are oil pier berths and situated at East Wharf and the following detail of the berths are as follows.

Berth #

LOA

Draft

Remarks

OP-1

260 M

11.88 M

Oil Pier

OP- 2

260 M

11.88 M

Oil Pier

OP- 3

260 M

11.88 M

Oil Pier

CONVENTIONAL BERTHS

From berth # 1 to 5 and 10 to 17 are conventional berths and situated at East Wharf and B # 6 to 9 allotted to Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT).

The following are the details of the berths and permissible draft at East Wharf.

Berth #

LOA

Draft

Remarks

1.

515 feet

10.70 m

CONVENTIONAL

2.

480 feet

10.70 M

CONVENTIONAL

3.

550 feet

10.70 M

CONVENTIONAL

Berth #

LOA

Draft

Remarks

4.

480 feet

10.50 M

CONVENTIONAL

5.

670 feet

10.50 M

CONVENTIONAL

10.

480 feet

10.00 M

CONVENTIONAL

11.

550 feet

10.00 M

CONVENTIONAL

12.

484 feet

10.00 M

CONVENTIONAL

13.

550 feet

10.00 M

CONVENTIONAL

14.

480 feet

10.00 M

CONVENTIONAL

15.

485 feet

10.00 M

CONVENTIONAL

16.

550 feet

10.00 M

CONVENTIONAL

17.

500 feet

10.00 M

CONVENTIONAL

Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT)

Berth #

LOA

Draft

Remarks

6.

580 feet

12.00 M

P I C T

7.

390 feet

12.00 M

P I C T

8.

480 feet

12.00 M

P I C T

9.

530 feet

12.00 M

P I C T

Karachi Port Trust

From berth # 18 to 25 are conventional berths and situated in the city of Karachi at West Wharf and B # 26 to 30 allotted to Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT).

Conventional Berths

The following are the details of the berths and permissible draft at West Wharf.

Berth #

LOA

Draft

Remarks

18

470 feet

8.50 M

CONVENTIONAL

19

540 feet

9.50 M

CONVENTIONAL

20

540 feet

9.50 M

CONVENTIONAL

21

530 feet

9.50 M

CONVENTIONAL

22

550 feet

ONLY

BARGES

23

500 feet

ONLY

BARGES

24

550 feet

10.00 M

CONVENTIONAL

25

550 feet

10.00 M

CONVENTIONAL

KARACHI INTERNATIONAL CONTAINER TERMINAL KICT (WEST WHARF)

Berth #

LOA

Draft

Remarks

26

480 feet

12.00 M

K I C T

27

600 feet

12.00 M

K I C T

28

560 feet

12.00 M

K I C T

29

700 feet

12.00 M

K I C T

30

600 feet

12.00 M

K I C T

New deep water Container Terminal is going to built by M/S. Hutchison Group at Port of Karachi and permissible draft will be 18 Meters.

Port Handling Equipment

Equipment

Available

(Yes / No)

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

n/a

n/a

Good

Container Gantries

Yes

Shore Gantry - PICT – 6 ; KICT – 7

Good

Mobile Cranes (Rail Mounted)

Yes

PICT – 2 ; KICT – 2

Good

Reachstacker

n/a

n/a

Good

RoRoTugmaster (w/ Trailer)

n/a

n/a

Good

Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines

Yes

28 -30, 000 MT

Good

Vacuvator

Yes

36 - 40, 000 MT

Good

Forklifts

Yes

PICT – 10 ; KICT – 6

Good

Tractors

Yes

PICT – 70 ; KICT – 53

Good

Trailers

Yes

PICT – 70 ; KICT – 75

Good

Lighterage & Dhow (other) Wharves

Yes

 

 

Berthing Tugs & Mooring Boats

7 Tugs / 9 Boats

 

Bulk Oil Jetties

OP-1 / OP-2 / OP-3

 

Explosives Jetty

OP-1/ OP-2/ OP-3

 

Pilot Boats

4

 

 

Water Barges

5

 

 

Police Boats

4

 

 

Anti-pollution Boat

4

 

 

Speed Boats

4

 

 

Container Facilities

Facilities

20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

Yes

PICT - 19500 per day

KICT - 2200 per day

n/a

Container Freight Station (CFS)

PICT - 1

KICT - 1

n/a

Refrigerated Container Stations

n/a

n/a

Other Capacity Details

   

Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day)

PICT – 2055 tons

KICT – 2000 tons

n/a

Number of Reefer Stations (connection points)

PICT - 350

KICT - 528

n/a

Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication)

n/a

n/a

Off take capacity of gang shift (in Containers per shift)

n/a

n/a

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

Port of Karachi Website information on Rates and Fees

Pakistan Port of Karachi Fees and Rates

Pilotage Fees

Pilotage fee is mandatory for all vessels entering and leaving the harbour and for any shifting within the harbor except for the following craft which will only be charged when services of pilot are availed;

a. Pakistan Navy ships

b. Foreign Men of War.

c. Fishing Boats.

d. Country Crafts.

GRT X 0.08 - inward

GRT X 0.08 - outward

(Minimum US $ 225 per act. Pilot cancellation US $ 300 per act.

Tug Services

For fee updates, please see the following link: Karachi Port Trust Website

Five Tugs are available at the Port, two are of 40 Tons and 3 are of 25 Tons bollard pull. Tug operations inside the harbor are rendered by Karachi Port Trust on signal from the Pilot. Tug operation is not provided outside the breakwater except in very special circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Conservator. This is subject to weather conditions and availability of tugs. Tug operations outside the breakwater are governed under special terms and conditions.

Tug charges:

US $ 970 for each Tug (2 Tugs inward)

US $ 970 for each Tug (2 Tugs outward)

1501-5000 GRT - 1 TUG

Above 5000 GRT - 2 TUGS.

Mooring Services

Mooring Service (Rate per operation)

Charge (indicate currency)

Mooring, un-mooring or other similar service : All vessels

US $ 0.12 per GRT PD or PTO subject to a minimum of US $ 400 per day.

Lash Barges

US $ 12 PD or PTO barge

Vessels moored for repair and maintenance

90% of the rates otherwise applicable

Port & Harbor Dues

Port dues will be levied on all vessels for each entry in Karachi Port, except for those vessels that have left the Port but are compelled to re-enter due to weather or in consequence of having sustained damage.

As well vessels belonging to the Pakistan Navy are exempted from port dues.

Vessel Description (rate = 100 GRT or part thereof)  Charge (indicate currency)
All Ocean-going vessels (up to 5000 GRT)  US $ 0.20 per GRT per entry.
All Ocean-going vessels (5001 – 25000 GRT)  US $ 0.26 per GRT per entry.
All Ocean-going vessels – over 25000 GRT   US $ 0.28 per GRT per entry.
Coastal vessels or country craft of 10 Tons and above except fishing boats US $ 0.15 per GRT or PTO per entry.
Vessels entering for provisions, bunkering, stores, repairs, surveys, port of refuge, and seeking medical aid 75 % of the dues otherwise payable

Dockage, Buoyage & Anchorage

Berthing charges are levied for use of wharves, quays, or any other structure so erected for the purpose and are charged to all vessels except those exempted mentioned above.

 

Vessel Description (Rates = per metre/per hour) Charge (indicate currency)
Up to GRT 5000GRT 0.03 FOR 12 HOURS (Minimum US $ 225 per day)
GRT 5001 up to 25000GRT 0.04 for 12 Hours
Over GRT 25000GRT 0.05 for 12 hours
Country/Sea going sailing vessels  US $ 100 PD or PTO
Vessels berthed alongside another vessel  50% of the rates otherwise applicable
Penalty for not vacating a berth when so ordered by the Port Trust  US $ 0.08 per GRT PD or PTO
Vessels berthed for repair and maintenance  90% of the rates otherwise applicable.
Country craft US $ 0.10 per GRT PD or PTO
Outer Anchorage: Lash vessels working cargo  US $ 0.02 per GRT PD or PTO
Outer Anchorage: Vessels anchored at outer anchorage  US $ 0.015 per GRT PD or PTO
Outer Anchorage: Plying charges for lash barges and other barges  US$ 60 per barge per transit through the channel
Outer Anchorage: Vessels anchored for repair and maintenance  90% of the rates otherwise applicable

Supply of Fresh Water

Charges for supplying water to ships alongside wharves including oil pier per 1, 000 liters or per cubic meter = Rs 300 by private companies.

Pakistan International Container Terminal

PICT is a modern container terminal operating at berths 6-9, East Wharf, Karachi Port Design depth of berths is 13.5 meters

Quay Wall: 600 meters

Backup Area: 21 Hectares

Commenced terminal operation in 2002. Premier Mercantile Services (Pvt.) Ltd. (“PMS”) – the Sponsor of PICT – has been handling cargo at the Karachi Port since 1964

All equipment is brand new, commissioned in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008

PICT is the only Container Terminal in Pakistan Sponsored and Owned by Pakistanis

PICT is a public listed company and is the only port infrastructure project listed on the Karachi Stock Exchange

It is the first port infrastructure project in Pakistan financed by International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) -- the private sector arm of the World Bank

It is the first private sector project in Pakistan in which the OPEC Fund for International Development has participated as financiers

Total Investment: approx. USD 150 million

Terminal Equipment

6 Ship to Ship-to-Shore (“STS”) Quayside Gantry Cranes

STS No.1 & No.2

  • 41 tons under Spreader Lifting Capacity
  • Outreach 46 mtrs
  • Post Panamax
  • 25 moves per crane / hour average output

STS No.3, No.4, No.5 & No.6

  • 45 tons under spreader Lifting capacity
  • Out reach 54 mtrs
  • Super Post Panamax
  • 30 moves per crane/hour average output
  • Twin Lift Spreader

2 Mobile Harbour Cranes

  • 32 meters Lifting Radius
  • 35 tons under spreader Lifting capacity
  • 17 moves per crane/hour average output

Yard Equipment

  • 20 Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes (Dual powered – Diesel & Electric)
  • 21 Reach Stackers including PMS equipment
  • 01 Top Loaders
  • 10 Empty Container Handlers including PMS equipment
  • 10 Forklifts
  • 01 RORO
  • 70 Prime Movers (PICT 59, PMS 11)
  • 20 Service Vehicles

REFRIGERATED CONTAINERS

  • 300 Fixed Reefer Outlets
  • 50 Mobile Outlets
  • Each Reefer Outlet Powered by Indigenous Power Generation System

POWER GENERATION PLANT

PICT Power House caters for the entire domestic and commercial power needs of the Terminal

Present Capacity is 10 mega watts, with eight diesel generators of 1.2 MW each

Service (Per day of part thereof) Charge (indicate currency)
Bagging plant operators, per unit of plant        Per shift (12 hrs) = Rs 600-650 per person
Vacuvators, per unit of plant    Available
Bunker Supplier    Available
Bunkering Agent    Available
Barge operator, per barge Available: Al- Haushabi  
Fresh Water suppliers (road tankers)  USD 3.5 per ton
Ship Contractors      Available
Ship Chandlers     Available
Safety equipment supplier & service  Available
Marine Surveyor  Available
Ship Surveyor Available
Cargo Surveyor    Available
Sludge Collector     USD 50 per 5 CBM.
Small Boat Operator Available

Customs Guidance

For information on Pakistan Customs Guidance, please see the following link:

1.3 Pakistan Customs Information