Karachi port cargo handling rises 14pcArchive
KARACHI: The Karachi port handled a record tonnage of cargo during the first quarter (July-September) of this fiscal year, showing a growth of 14 per cent at 12.39 million tonnes compared to 10.775m tonnes a year earlier.
The premier port of the country also handled a record number of containers during the period, posting a year-on-year growth of 9.45pc.
The port handled 5.899m tonnes of dry general cargo as against 5.028m tonnes in the same period a year ago, according to official figures of the Karachi Port Trust (KPT). Handling of dry bulk cargo rose 3pc to 2.428m tonnes from 2.358m tonnes.
The liquid bulk cargo grew 17pc during the quarter under review as the port handled 3.963m tonnes of POL (petroleum, oil and lubricants) and other liquid cargoes as against 3.389m tonnes.
An all-around growth in cargo handling was also evident in the movement of containers (imports and exports) with an increase of 9.65pc in imports at 0.237m TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) compared to 0.216m TUEs handled a year earlier.
The handling of export containers rose 9.24pc to 0.218m TEUs from 0.200m TEUs. The Karachi Port has two container terminals — Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT) and Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT).
The port handled 80,255 TEUS of imports in July, 80,978 in August and 75,514 in September. Export containers handled were 57,774 TEUs in July, 83,057 in August and 77,345 in September.
The movement of ships also remained fairly brisk as 155 vessels called at the port in July, out of which 58 were container ships, 26 bulk cargo carriers, 25 general cargo ships and 46 oil tankers.
During August, 60 container ships called at the port, 20 bulk cargo carriers, 30 general cargo vessels and 44 oil tankers. Similarly, the port in September handled 62 container ships, 16 bulk cargo ships, 28 general cargo vessels and 51 oil tankers.
Published in Dawn, October 29th, 2015
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