Port Qasim shipping activities

KARACHI: Following is the berthing schedule of vessels loading and unloading at Port Qasim:

Commodity      Tonnes/TEUs  Ship               Load/Unload

Wheat                    n/a          Ince Beylebey      unload

Palm Oil               n/a          Chemroad Juji      unload

Cement               n/a          Observator               load

Cement               n/a          Diamond Star           load

Containers        n/a          Hanjin Los Angles  load/unload

Containers        n/a          Moliere                       load/unload

Containers        n/a          Nystyed Maersk     load/unload

The Port Qasim Authority said it handled 101,132 tonnes of cargo during the 24 hours to 8 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Wednesday compared to 71,377 tonnes in the previous 24 hours.

Cargo handling in tonnes

Wednesday    Previous

Export cargo    55,569       22,162

Import cargo    45,563       49,215

In the 24 hours, two ships arrived and three ships sailed. In the next 24 hours, one ship is expected to sail and nine ships are expected to arrive.



Port Qasim shipping activities

KARACHI: Following is the berthing schedule of major vessels loading and unloading at Port Qasim:


Commodity      Tonnes/TEUs    Ship               Load/Unload

Palm Oil             n/a                   Chem Road Fuji     unload

Chemical           n/a                Asavari                        unload

Wheat                n/a                   Ince Bey Lereby    unload

Cement             n/a                 Diamaond Star           load

Cement             n/a                  Observator                load/unload

Containers      n/a               Nysted Maersk            load/unload

The Port Qasim Authority said it handled 71,377 tonnes of cargo during the 24 hours to 8am on Tuesday compared to 95,778 tonnes in the previous 24 hours.

Cargo handling in tonnes

Tuesday    Previous

Export cargo    22,162      25,095

Import cargo    49,215      70,683

In the 24 hours, three ships arrived and three ships sailed. In the next 24 hours, two ships are expected to arrive.

Shipping activity at Port Qasim

KARACHI: Five ships arrived at Port to load/offload containers at QICT, palm oil at LCT furnace oil at FOTCO, fertilizer at FAP and paraxylene at EVTL, on 16th August, 2013.

Berth occupancy was maintained at 71 percent at the Port Friday where a total of eleven ships namely M.V KPS-I Alican BEY-Powership, M.T Gulf Oasis, M.V Dong Hai Jun (Dredger), M.V Freedom, M.V MSC Didem, M.T Gaea, M.T STX Forte, M.T Bright Oil Legend, M.T Akaki, M.T Argent Gerbera, M.V Arundel Castle. are currently occupying berths to load/offload containers, palm oil, crude oil, phosphoric acid, paraxylene, furnace oil, roro, fertilizer.

Cargo handling operations were carried out smoothly at the Port where a cargo volume 81031 tonnes comprising 68638 tonnes import,12393 tonnes export and (1198) Tues was handled at the Port during last 24 hours.

M.T Bright Oil Legend, M.T Argent Gerbera sailed on Friday afternoon, M.V MSC Didem sailed on Saturday morning.

M.V MSC Clementina at QICT arrival on 17th August, 2013 as per arrival schedule.

Port of Salalah earns global recognition

MUSCAT: A recent study released by the US-based JOC Group, which includes the Journal of Commerce, and the PIERs data service, has declared the port of Salalah as the sixth top trans-shipment port globally and 18th top port globally. According to the study, the port has also been successful in bagging a number of high positions in various categories in the Europe/Middle East/Africa geographic class.

The report on port productivity states that in the Europe/Middle East/Africa geography, the Port of Salalah has been ranked third top port and seventh among top container terminals, placing the Sultanate of Oman next to the United Arab Emirates and underlining Salalah’s regional position among the busiest and most influential ports of trade.

“It’s important for all of our employees, customers, government partners and stakeholders to see tangible results and evidence that Port of Salalah is a world-class port that invests in its people, productivity and especially service. We are expressly proud of our employees, particularly those operating the machinery at the terminals and those who have grown with the port since its inception 15 years ago, and who have gone the extra mile to improve safety, customer service and efficiency,” said Ahmed Akaak, acting-CEO of Port of Salalah.

Two years back, the Port of Salalah launched a company-wide Process Excellence (PEX) culture. This has tracked and improved productivity measurements around machinery and operation turnaround and has led to upgrades in productivity and efficiency.

Berth and crane productivity have increased their performance by double digits this year, while truck and gate turnaround times have been slashed in half, among other positive developments. Also, earlier this year the Port of Salalah has commenced container terminal gate procedures on Fridays at no additional cost to customers in order to improve services for local businesses.

Despite these successes, the Port has always been busy owing to its strategic location aside the major Asia-Europe shipping trade lane and equidistant to the fast growth markets of Eastern Africa, Indian subcontinent, the Arabian Gulf and its foundation as a joint-venture investment between the Government of Oman and APM Terminals, one of the world’s leading port operating groups.

The JOC study also featured a number of APM Terminals ports rankings in leading positions, including APM Terminals Yokohama (Japan) which held the number one position globally in productivity at 150 moves per hour (mph) while handling 875,000 TEUs in 2012. In comparison, the Port of Salalah achieved a productivity of 72 mph while handling 3.62 million TEUs in 2012.

APM Terminals Rotterdam, one of the busiest terminals in Europe, handling 2.5 million TEUs in 2012, ranked 14th globally with 92 mph and first in the Europe/Middle East/Africa top terminals category. APM Terminals Mumbai, India’s busiest container terminal in 2012 with 1.96 million TEUs handled, ranked 6th globally overall, while in the Americas geographic region, APM Terminals Port Elizabeth, ranked second with 82 mph having terminal handled 1.1 million TEUs in 2012.

In the attempt to finalize the findings of the report, the JOC Group spent over five years collecting and analysing new data from 600 terminals at 400 ports and 17 global shipping lines.

Shipping activity

Karachi: MV Martorell carrying 114 vehicles from Japan is expected to call on Karachi Port on August 15. The continuous influx of completely built units (CBU) has become a major source of concerns for local auto industry due to drastic decline in demand primarily owing to rising inflation and reducing purchase power.

Weakening of rupee against dollar is the primary reason behind price inflation affecting the cost of imports as well.

Meanwhile gearless container Hong Master, carrying general cargo arrived at Karachi port today while another gearless container Selin M is expected to arrive on August 14.

According to KPT, two oil tankers namely Rekon and TDT-2 are expected to arrive today.