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.

Govt urged to reform ports to improve ranking

KARACHI: The shipping and communications experts have urged the government to start reforms at ports as soon as possible in order to improve the country’s ranking in international ports.

The experts, speaking at a world conference and an exhibition of Multi-Modal Transportation and Logistics – INTERTRANS 2013 at a local hotel, urged the government to increase trade with other countries and reduce the timings of container clearance at the all ports.

The communications laws should be changed so that overcrowding at ports and problems to the stakeholders could be avoided, they said. They informed the audience that according to World Bank, presently Pakistan ports stand at 71st place amongst 156 countries but this ranking could be improved by taking bold steps. The experts said that many suggestions and proposals had been sent to the govt to overcome the stakeholders’ problems regarding containers’ handling and clearing at ports.

Port Qasim Authority chairman Agha Jan Akhtar said that the government should improve logistics including coordination, communications and road networks before linking Gwadar Port with the Central Asian countries and turning it into a model port.

He said that coordination among stakeholders including Railways, National Logistics Corporation, National Highways, Customs and road transport operators should be improved through such conferences.

The experts emphasised upon improving supply chain, which is very important in transportation and international trade, along with ports and shipping and customs clearance problems at all ports. They said that safe transportation of cargo was more important than timely movement of freight.

National Centre for Maritime Policy Director General Vice Admiral (R) Asaf Humayun, International Chamber of Commerce Chairman Tariq M Rangoonwala, Sindh Revenue Board Commissioner Daud Pirzada and Civil Aviation Authority Airport Manager Afsar Malik also spoke on the occasion.

Consignments facing delays at AFU

KARACHI: Long procedure and insufficient number of appraisers are causing delays in clearance of consignments at Pakistan Customs’ Air Freight Unit (AFU).

Former Karachi Customs Agents Association (KCAA) president Tariq Siddiqui said that the purpose to clear imported consignments at AFU was nothing but speedy clearance just to avoid demurrages that escalated the cost of business.
Tariq Siddiqui said if quick clearance was not done, the product cost would increase and the importers would face huge financial losses in case of cancellation of orders. He stated that there was no obstacle in green channel at AFU but the GDs (Goods Declarations) filed at yellow and red channels faced long delay in clearance owing to an additional procedure.
Former KCAA president urged WeBOC Project Director to adopt previous procedure, adding that all the GDs should directly be marked to examiner instead of appraisers as there were only 13 appraisers at AFU.

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.

Pakistan shipping remains on high side


 KARACHI: With the usual provisos about a volatile political and security situation, our economic outlook for Pakistan is relatively upbeat. We note that the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has been easing its monetary policy stance, money supply growth has consequently accelerated, private credit is expanding, and net direct foreign investment has improved.

The energy crisis has eased back a little and manufacturing output has been growing. The sluggishness of the European economies is still casting a shadow over Pakistani exports, but there are some signs of resilience. Taking all this into account, we continue to expect GDP growth of 4% in fiscal year 2012/13 (July to June), which would mark the strongest growth in six years, albeit nowhere near the mid-to-high single-digit growth rates achieved prior to the 2008 global economic crisis. For 2013/14 we are forecasting the same 4% level of expansion.

Looking at the port sector, we expect volume growth to be positive, but with some fairly wide variations. The crisis in the eurozone, Pakistan’s most important trading partner, remains a key factor. BMI calculates that the real value of total trade (imports + exports) fell by 1.7% in 2011/12, but is set to recover by 3.5% in 2012/13, and will grow further by 3.9% in 2013/14.

Shipping fees rise on scarcity of local workers in Saudi Arabia


RIYADH: An official source at the King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam has said that the rise in shipping fees at the port is related to the systems of operating companies in the port and their efforts to maintain their labor force, denying that the rise was triggered by the latest Ministry of Labor procedures.

“The Public Ports Corporation hasn’t changed the lists of contractors’ fees and unloading companies since 1997. The contractors and handling companies are demanding different wages in line with the new work conditions.”

Handling and shipping companies have to bear extra costs due to the scarcity of Saudi workers in the field. In addition, salary scales will have to be altered to guarantee labor retention.The port’s official said the rise in shipping fees for this year stands between 6 and 8 percent for all workers. This percentage varies according to the nature of the job and the worker’s specialization.He mentioned that there are undercover contractors on a basic salary of SAR 700 who ship and unload containers, while the basic salary of non-Saudi workers is between SAR 700 and SAR 1,200.

Fahad Al-Sudeiri, member of the National Committee for Customs Clearance at the Saudi Chamber, said that shipping and handling costs rose by 10 percent because of delays in the loading and unloading of goods. “The latest rise in wages came from shipping agents, in addition to an increase in the cost of imported goods, which will reflect on price increases locally,” said Al-Sudeiri.