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

Port Overview

Port Qasim Authority (PQA) Website: Port of Bin Qasim Port Authority

PQA is located at a distance of 50km from Karachi City Center and 15 km from National Highway. Initial Capital Cost: Rs. 4.7 billion

Total Area: 12,000 acres

Port Activities: 1,000 acres

Industrial Zone: 11,000 acres

45 km long Navigation Channel

14 km Railway link to National Railway network through six railway tracks located immediately behind the berths.

Port Qasim has been developed on the coast line of Arabian Sea where once the sand dunes of Bin Qasim desert could be seen. The port is located at 24 degree and 46 second north and 67 degree 21 second east.

The tidal variation at the mouth as well as in the port is between 0.5 to 3.5m.

The port is not only accessible through sea but is also well connected with the hinterland, through road and railway networks

Port Qasim is by objectives, design, scope, resources, location and layout an integrated port offering following functions:

  • Handling of sea-borne trade (Imports & Exports)
  • Warehouse facilities.
  • Provision of land and infrastructure facilities for establishment of port based industrial and commercial units. Port Qasim is Pakistan’s first industrial and multi-purpose deep-sea port. Located in Indus delta region at a distance of 50 Kilometers South East of Karachi, the port is well connected the rest of the country through modern modes of Transportation i.e. rail, road and has been playing an important role in the economic uplift activities in the country.
  • Initial Capital Cost: Rs. 4.7 billion.
  • Total Area: 12,000 acres.
  • Port Activities: 1,000 acres.
  • Industrial Zone: 11,000 acres.
  • Navigation Channel: 45 km long.
  • Railway: 14 km linking to the National Railway network through six railway tracks located immediately behind the berths.

Port website: Pakistan Port of Bin Qasim Website

Port Location and Contacts

Country

Pakistan

Province or District

Sindh

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

Name: Karachikm

km: 15

Port's Complete Name

Port of Bin Qasim

Latitude

24.77306

Longitude

67.34972

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

Port Qasim Authority

Management Contact Person

+92-21-99272111-30

Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

Airport Name: Jinnah International Airport

Dist: 38 km Time: 46 min

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

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

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

4.2.3 Pakistan Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Port Performance

Handling of sea-borne trade (Imports & Exports)

IMPORT/EXPORT STATISTICS AT PORT QASIM AUTHORITY

Description

FINANCIAL YEAR ENDING JUNE

 

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

MULTI-PURPOSE TERMINAL

Wheat

0

0

0

0

24

Coal

20

75

0

0

0

Sugar

226

362

0

0

0

Pulses

0

0

0

0

0

Seeds/Gen. Cargo

302

84

15

250

139

Fertilizer

0

116

46

0

0

Others

72

19

30

33

31

Sub-Total

621

657

91

283

490

LIQUID IMPORTS

Chemicals

87

110

88

92

86

Edible Oil

12

7

88

243

207

Carbon Oil

0

0

0

0

0

Bitumen

-

-

10

10

0

Sub-Total

99

119

186

345

293

DRY EXPORTS

Wheat

0

237

0

0

0

Pig Iron/Coke

0

0

0

0

0

Rice

568

339

4

0

122

Fertilizer (Urea)

0

0

0

0

0

Cement/Clinkers

 1296

 731

 611

 1139

1446

Gen. Cargo

0

0

4

26

32

Sub-total

1864

1308

619

1165

1601

LIQUID EXPORTS

Molasses

0

0

0

0

0

Sub-Total

0

0

0

0

0

DRY CARGO AT M.P.T.

2485

1965

710

1448

1798

LIQUID CARGO AT M.P.T

99

119

186

345

293

TOTAL MPT

2584

2084

896

1793

2091

No. of Ships

174

124

62

115

103

FOTCO 

Furnace Oil

3904

5949

5475

4893

5488

HSD

3390

3186

2837

2668

2231

Crude Oil (Exp.)

0

0

0

0

30

Crude Oil (Imp)

599

368

120

321

68

Sub-total

9904

9504

8432

7882

7817

No. of Ships

181

166

144

130

112

ENGRO TERMINAL (IMP)

Chemicals

1118

1040

1113

1142

1170

No. of Ships

125

123

140

130

126

I.O.C.B  (IMP)

 

 

 

 

 

Raw Material Imports Paksteel

1119

785

443

496

115

No. of Ships

26

17

10

13

8

SSGC LPG TERMINAL  

LPG Imports

 27

20

9

41

0

No. of Ships

 10

8

4

9

0

LIQUID CARGO TERMINAL  

 

 

 

 

 

Edible Oil  Imports

 1493

 1841

 2000

1695

2092

No. of Ships

129

138

135

113

121

GRAIN & FERTILIZER TERMINAL (FAP)

 IMPORT

 

 

 

 

 

 Fertilizer

 -

 -

 187

 262

506

 Wheat

 -

 -

 25

 204

431

 Seeds

 -

 -

 799

 626

445

 Rice

 -

 -

 19

 54

15

 EXPORT

 

 

 

 

 

 Wheat

 -

 -

85

 204

0

 Rice

 -

 -

 177

 258

106

 Corn

 -

 -

 19

 63

0

 Sub Total

 -

 -

 1311

 1562

1503

 Number of Ships

 -

 -

 49

 61

43

TOTAL DRY CARGO

3605

3617

2465

3506

3415

TOTAL LIQUID CARGO

12642

12523

11740

11107

11372

TOTAL IMP (DRY+LIQU)

13741

14331

18075

12903

13040

TOTAL EXP (DRY+LIQU)

1864

1810

5950

1710

1747

TOTAL (IMP+EXP)

15606

16141

14205

14613

14787

CONTAINER TERMINAL

IMPORTS         (TEUS)

374

382

355

356

420

EXPORTS         (TEUS)

382

397

377

366

434

TOTAL  (IMP + EXP)

756

779

732

722

854

Weight of Containers (000 Tonnes) 

9359

10027

9820

10245

10988

GRAND TOTAL

25606

25168

24025

24859

25775

TOTAL NO. OF SHIPS

1187

1229

1083

1055

1072

   

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

Discharge rates and Terminal Handling Charges
Bulk 3,000 - 5,000 MT per day
Break Bulk 2,000 - 3,000 MT per day

Vessel specifications

   
Length 225 m
Breadth 32 m
Draught 10.50 - 11.00 M (subject to weather conditions: Summer: 10.50 M, Winter: 11 M)
No air draught restriction  
Displacement of 65,000 Panamax vessels can be accommodated  

Pilotage Fees

For updatyed fees and rates, please see the following link: Port of Bin Qasim Website

Pilotage is compulsory for all 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.

During monsoons the pilots disembark in a sheltered area and lead the vessels over the bends to the Fairway. 4 Pilot Boats available

Hiring of Motor Pilot Boat = US $ 200.00 per hour or part thereof.

Pilotage fee is inclusive of charges for use of 2 tugs, 1 pilot boat, and 1 mooring boat as may be required for one inward and one outward voyage. Pilotage shall be charged as per GRT of vessels entering the port

Rates Chargeable per GRT  
US $ 0.75 More than 200 GRT to 4, 000 GRT
US $ 0.60 More than 4, 000 to 5, 000 GRT
US $ 0.55 More than 5, 000 to 6, 000 GRT
US $ 0.50 More than 6, 000 to 7, 000 GRT
US $ 0.43  More than 7, 000 to 10, 000 GRT
US $ 0.36 More than 10, 000 to 15, 000 GRT
US $ 0.32 More than 15, 000 to 20, 000 GRT
US $ 0.29 More than 20, 000 to 30, 000 GRT
US $ 0.26 More than 30, 000 to 40, 000 GRT
US $ 0.25 More than 40 ,000 to 50 ,000 GRT
US $ 0.24  More than 50, 000 onwards
For shifting from berth by warping without tugs, pilots US $ 200.00 per act.

Tug Services

  • Towage is compulsory.
  • 2 ASD Tugs of 60 tonnes Bolard Pull, 3 Ocean-going Tugs of 35-40 Bollard Pull, and 2 Litherage Tugs of 1000 Bhp and 15 tons Bollard Pull are available at the port.
  • Tug charges: Hiring of tug per hour = US $ 300.00 per tug/hour/ or part thereof.
  • Hiring of a Buoy Tender per hour = US $ 500.00 per tug/hour/ or part thereof.

Mooring Services

  • 2 Mooring Launches available at the port. As well, 1 Buoy Tender, 4 Pilot Boats, 1 VIP Launch, 3 Surveillance Boats, 2 Survey Launches, and 1 Work Boat are available.
  • Hiring of mooring/surveillance/survey/service boat per hour or part thereof = US $ 100.00
  • Mooring, un-mooring or other similar service: Mooring in the stream fixed or swinging
  • Mooring in the stream fixed or swinging by the barge.
  • Plying charges to and from Outer Anchorage for the use of channel by the barges US$ 0.04 per GRT per day or part thereof subject to a minimum of US $ 155.00 per day or part thereof.
  • US $ 10.00 per day per barge.
  • US $ 51.00 per barge per trip.

Port & Harbour Dues

  • Port dues will be levied on all vessels for each entry in Port Mohammed Bin Qasim, 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 US $ 0.30 per GRT or on each entry part thereof
  • Coastal vessels or bunkering barges  US $ 0.10 per GRT or on each entry part thereof
  • Country craft of 10 tons and above except fishing boatsUS $ 0.07 per GRT or on each entry part thereof.

Dockage, Buoyage & Anchorage

  • These charges apply to vessels using Port Qasim’s Outer Anchorage area and approaches.
  • Vessels using anchorage area at Outer Anchorage and approaches US$ 0.013 per GRT per day or part thereof.
  • Vessels engaged in loading or unloading or litherage at outer anchorage and approaches US $ 0.02 per GRT per day or part thereof.

Supply of Fresh Water

Vessel Description (Rates = per tonne)

Charge (indicate currency)

Ships along side wharves

US $ 5.0 per 1000 litres or per tonne

In stream (including towage of Barge)

US$ 9.0 per 1000 litres or per tonne.

Ships at outer anchorage (weather permitting)

US $ 15.0 per 1000 litres or per tonne


Charges for General Services

Hire of Labour and Equipment

Service (Per hour of part thereof)

Charge (indicate currency)

Forklift or Tractor less than 5 mt or equal of inclusive of driver

Rs 1700 per hr

Van, Pick-up or Saloon Car inclusive of driver

Rs 3000/ 12 hrs

Management or supervisory staff

Rs 800 per 12 hrs/ Rs 1000 per 12 hrs

Skilled staff: e.g. Crane or Forklift Driver, Artisan, Firemen or Clerk

Crane Driver : Rs 1500/12 hrs

Forklift Sriver : Rs 400/ 12 hrs

Semi-skilled staff: e.g. Labourers, Watchman

Laborers: Rs 400/ 12 hrs

Watchman: Rs 300/ 12 hrs

Berthing Specifications

CONTAINER HANDLING EQUIPMENT (DP World – QICT)

  • Ship to Shore Cranes - 6 Nos
  • Type/ Manufacturer - Rail Mounted Quay Crane Noell (Post Panamax)
  • List capacity under spreader - 40 MT
  • List capacity under hook - 55 MT
  • Outreach - 44 M
  • Back Reach - 15 M
  • Spreader height above crane rail - 34 M
  • Rail Span - 27 M

YARD EQUIPMENT

  • Rubber Tyre Gantry Crane - 21 Nos( 1 over 5 high containers) 40 ton capacity
  • Reach Stacker - 8 , with 45 ton capacity
  • Empty Handler - 3 , with 7 ton capacity
  • Fork Lifter - 1
  • Cherry Picker - 1
  • Mechanic Sweeper - 1
  • 6 MEV Dual Imaging Scanner - 1
  • Terminal Tractors - Owned = 16 (7 GAWR front 16 T/ Rear 72 T. Hired = 30
  • Trailers - Hired = Heavy duty cargo master semi trailers - RTS

CONSERVANCY

 

No.s

Light House

1

Leading Lights

6

Shore Beacons

7

Fairway Buoy

1

Channel markers

2


General Services

Service (Per day of part thereof)

Charge (indicate currency)

Bagging plant operators, per unit of plant

n/a

Vacuvators, per unit of plant

n/a

Bunker Supplier

4 Major Bunker Suppliers – Faisal Oil, Orion.

Bunkering Agent

n/a

Barge operator, per barge

n/a

Fresh Water suppliers (road tankers)

PQA. $ 5.00 plus 16 pct PED

Ship Contractors

Depends on service rendered

Ship Chandlers

Depends on item and value

Safety equipment supplier & service

Depends on item and value

Marine Contractors

n/a

Scrap Metal Dealers

n/a

Ship Watchmen Supplier

Rs 300 per shift of 8 hrs

Marine Engineer

n/a

Marine Surveyor

n/a

Ship Surveyor

USD 80-150 draft survey,

Cargo Surveyor

n/a

Sludge Collector

Depends on quantity $ 100 – 300

Small Boat Operator

Rs 8000 ($ 100 – 150 )

General Cargo Handling Berths

Port Qasim is situated around 50 Kilometers far away from the city and it has 12 berths are as under:-.

Berth #

LOA

Beam

Draft

Remarks

MW2

255.00

33.00

10.00M

General Cargo

MW3

255.00

33.00

10.00M

General Cargo

MW4

255.00

33.00

10.00M

General Cargo

QICT-1

310.00

43.50

12.00M

General Cargo

QICT-2

310.00

43.00

13.00M

Container Terminal    (DP World)

FAP

250.00

53.50

13.00M Max DWCT 75000 Tons

Container Terminal    (DP World)

IOCB

230.00

40.00

12.00M Max DWT 75000 Tons

Bulk/Break Bulk

FOTCO

245.00

41.05

13.00M

Max DWCT 75000 Tons

EVTL-13

255.00

40.00

11.00M

HSDO, Crude Oil and Fuel Oil

MW-1

185.00

33.00

10.00M

Liquid Chemicals

LCT

210.00

33.00

10.00M

Edible Oil

SSGC/LPG

163.00

33.00

10.00M

LPG

Port Handling Equipment

Is the port equipment managed by the government or privately? n/a

Equipment

Available

(Yes / No)

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Cranes

Yes

2 - 40 tons

n/a

Container Gantries

Yes

4- 30 tons

n/a

Mobile Cranes

Yes

2- 8 tons

n/a

Reachstacker

n/a

n/a

n/a

RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)

Yes

32

n/a

Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines

n/a

n/a

n/a

Transtrainer

n/a

n/a

n/a

Forklifts

Yes

29

n/a

Tractors

Yes

15

n/a

Equipment with CHC

Yes

igan Plants - 2 x 100 tons/hour

Evacuators - 53 x30 tons/hour

Evacuators - 18 x 20 tons/hour

Hopper Machines - 38

n/a

Container Facilities

Facilities offered by Port Qasim

  • 45 Km long navigational channel which can accommodate vessels up to 85,000DWT class subject to adherence of the promulgated permissible dimensions.
  • A dedicated Iron Ore & Coal Berth for exclusive use of Pakistan Steel Mills for handling raw material imports and caters for 70,000 DWT class vessels subject to adherence of permissible dimensions.
  • Specialized Oil Terminal offering state-of-art facilities to tankers up to 80,000 DWT subject to permissible dimensions.
  • Four Multipurpose berths in a linear length of 800 meter extending port facilities upto 45,000 DWT class vessels, subject to permissible dimension and equipped with two covered transit sheds each having an area of 10,000 Sq. Ms.
  • Night Navigational facilities have been introduced initially to smaller ships to be further extendable to larger size vessels.
  • A dedicated two berths container terminal catering for berthing facilities to 50,000 DWT class container vessels subject to permissible dimension.
  • Full range of floating craft and cargo handling equipment.
  • Two Term Storage Area with storage capacity of 11,800 Sq.Ms each.
  • Access road to National Highway and connection to rail network.
  • Infrastructure facilities and utilities.
  • 11,000 acres of land above high water mark in the Western and Eastern zones for Industrial development.

Facilities

20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

n/a

n/a

Container Freight Station (CFS)

1 n/a

Refrigerated Container Stations

n/a n/a

Other Capacity Details

Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day)

n/a

Number of Reefer Stations (connection points)

216 + 253 with generators

Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication)

n/a

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

n/a n/a

Customs Guidance

For information on Pakistan customs guidance, please see the following link:

1.3 Pakistan Customs Information

Terminal Information

Port of Bin Qasim Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

The multipurpose wharf presently comprises four multi-purpose berths in a linear length of 800 meters each divided into 200 meters length. Berth no 1 has a design capacity of around 2.5 million tonnes per annum. Vessels over 25000 DWT carrying edible oil, chemicals and molasses are being handled at this berth. Berths (2 to 4), with design capacity of 5 to 6 million tonnes, are capable to accommodate vessels drawing more than 35000 DWT. All bulk, break bulk and general cargo is handled at these berths. Two transit sheds each measuring 10,000 sq. meters are also located at berths 2 and 4. Berths (2-4) has a vast back up area measuring 400 x 600 meters area. The entire range of cargo handling from opening of hatch of the ship to delivery of the consignment for imports and vice versa is carried out by Cargo Handling Companies (CHC).

FOTCO Oil Terminal

The Oil terminal is a state of the art environmental friendly marine oil terminal. It was the first terminal to be developed by the private sector on BOO basis at a cost of US $ 87 million. The terminal is operational since April 1995. It is capable of handling 9 million tonnes of furnace oil per annum with a growth potential to handle more than 27 million tonnes with three additional berths. The facility mainly comprises a jetty capable of handling upto 75000 DWT vessels, product pipelines, loading arms and a 4 km long trestle that connects the jetty with the shore. The terminal has the capability to berth tankers with 63,000 tons ship-load. Till September 30, over 29 million tonnes of furnace oil has been handled here. It also commenced handling white oil from January 2001 through a separate 30 inch diameter pipeline. Additionally, British Petroleum crude has also been handled here. 77 acres of land has been earmarked here for POL Storage Tank Farm. The terminal is designed to cater for four additional berths and four product pipelines to meet the current and future petroleum handling requirements of the country.

Grain and Bulk Handling

Fauji-Akbar Portia Terminal (FAP) (source: www.fapterminals.com)

Pakistan's first dry bulk cargo Terminal, FAP was completed at a cost of USD 135 million and was inaugurated by the Prime Minster of Pakistan Mr. Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani, on October 26, 2010. It was created by reclaiming 22 acres of water and has a 300 meter long jetty.

FAP is in the business of terminal operations of dry free flowing cargoes. These cargoes include but are not limited to:

  • All Grains
  • Cereals
  • Rice
  • Seeds (including Oil seeds)
  • Pulses
  • All types of Fertilizer & Fertilizer raw materials

FAP discharges cargoes through pneumatic and mechanical un loaders and the product is conveyed to either steel silos or flat warehouses for onward automated bagging. FAP loads conventional dry cargo for export.

FAP has a handling capacity of four million tons per annum with transit storage in silos or warehouses within the Terminal perimeter. The operations is automated with computerized management, maintenance, inventory and accounting control.

FAP is a Customs declared landing area for handling of import and export cargoes. After completion of regulatory and Customs formalities the gate pass issued at the FAP exit is the final document required for in-land movement of handled product.

FAP is able to offer its clients a complete Supply Chain Management solution commencing from arranging of a vessel at the load port to its discharge, storage, bagging and In-land distribution.

  • Declared draft 11.5 meters
  • Declared length overall (LOA) 230 meters
  • Declared beam 40 meters
  • Dedicated 300 meter jetty
  • Pneumatic Unloader
  • Mechanical Unloader
  • Steel Silos
  • Flat Warehouses
  • Calibrated Batch Weighers
  • Automated Conveying and Bagging Equipment
  • Calibrated Weigh Bridges

Pneumatic unloaders that operate at 600 tph. Mechanical Unloaders operating at 1, 000 tph. These handle all grain, cereal, oilseed etc in an enclosed system which ensures no contamination or pilferage.

Main Storage Terminal

  • An additional storage capacity of 40, 000 tons is also available.
  • Main Silo Terminal: Up to 80, 000 tons of storage space is available in steel silos at FAP terminal which are linked to the terminal through conveyor belts.
  • Two covered transit shed of 10,000 sq. m each are available at berths 2 & 4 at Marginal Wharf. Two Term Storage Areas (open) with 1,18,000 sq. meter each are also available at the Port
  • Main Quay Transit Sheds - 2

Stevedoring

Large Packaged Articles Charges (indicate currency)

From 14 DWT to 40 DWT - $ 6.00 - $ 6.50 / DWT

Over 40 DWT - $ 6.00 - $ 6.50 / DWT

Mail per bag, or ships stores per package - Rs 3500

Crated animals, per cubic meter of crate - Not handled

Animals walked on/off board - Livestock carier : $ 1500 per shift

Port Security

Security

ISPS Compliant

(Yes / No)

Yes

Current ISPS Level

2

Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional

Police Boats

n/a

Fire Engines

n/a