Karachi Ports handles largest ever vessel

KARACHI: Karachi Port Trust (KPT) has handled the largest ever vessel in the history of port activity in Pakistan with gross registered tonnage of 153,666 metric tons.

A statement on Friday said that the KPT achieved another milestone while handling a giant container vessel COSCO BELGIUM at its SAPT terminal in South Wharf of Karachi Port.

This is the largest ever vessel handled for the very first time at Karachi Port with length overall (LOA) of 366 meters, highest gross registered tonnage (GRT) of 153,666 metric tonnes and maximum beam of 51.20 meters.

None of the Pakistani port has ever handled such a giant vessel in past.

The Hong Kong flag vessel came alongside SAPT-3 berths at 8:10 pm Pakistan time under the personal command and supervision of Deputy Conservator KPT Captain Asif Ahmed Saeed Tauni while adopting all safety measures. It became reality under the able guidance and dynamic leadership of Chairman KPT Rear Admiral (R) Jamil Akhtar, Hi(M), T.Bt.

KPT has previously handled vessels of LOA 354.24 meters, 128,929 metric tonnes GRT and 45.6 meters Beam.

Chairman KPT Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar congratulated the entire operations team which participated in this landmark achievement.

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