KARACHI: Karachi Port Trust (KPT) has confirmed the sinking of a container laden with sugar through a statement released few moments ago.
It is stated: “Truck loaded with sugar cargo while leaving berth number 5, East Wharf, after issuance of bilty encountered mechanical failure at around 5:20 pm today [Saturday], dated: 31.07.2021, fell in port channel.
“Driver is safe and no casualty / injury reported. Efforts are underway to recover the truck. The incident is under investigation.”
According to the sources, the container fell into the sea while handling by a trawler at berth No. 5 West Wharf of Karachi Port, sources said.
It is believed that the container, which fell into the sea, had carried around 39 metric tons of sugar about 780 bags of 50 kilograms. The sugar was imported by the Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) to provide the commodity at affordable prices in the country .
The sources said that the breaks of the trawler suddenly failed and lost control. However, driver of the trawler was safe in the incident.
The monetary loss due to the incident was not ascertained at the time of filing this report but sources said that a ship MV Unity brought 33,000 metric tons of sugar from Dubai on July 27, 2021.
It was second incident within the jurisdiction of Karachi Port in ten days.
During Eid holidays a cargo ship was stuck up at sea view Karachi. This ship has not been rescued so far.