Shipping Activity at Port Qasim as of May 30, 2024

Shipping Activity at Port Qasim as of May 30, 2024 – The Port Qasim Authority (PQA) reported an active day of shipping activities on Thursday, facilitating stakeholders with detailed updates.

Four ships, namely Maersk Cairo, X-Press Altair, MSC Positano, and Milaha Ras Laffan, berthed at the Container Terminal and Port Gas Terminal, respectively, carrying containers and LNG.

In addition to these arrivals, three more ships, Maersk Pelepas, Zhida-6, and TRF Kobe, arrived at the outer anchorage of Port Qasim. These ships are scheduled to load or offload containers, rice, and chemicals over the next 24 hours, adding to the busy schedule at the port.

During the last 24 hours, a total of ten ships were engaged at PQA berths. Of these, four ships—Atlantic Ibis, X-Press Altair, MSC Positano, and PVT Venus—departed from the port on Thursday morning. Furthermore, three more ships, Bo-Mustafa-O, Gelico, and Maersk Cairo, are expected to set sail later today.

The port handled a substantial cargo volume of 157,915 tonnes, comprising 121,966 tonnes of import cargo and 35,949 tonnes of export cargo. This included a total of 4,368 containers, with 3,279 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) for imports and 1,089 TEUs for exports. This significant throughput underscores the port’s vital role in facilitating Pakistan’s trade activities.

At present, there are eight ships anchored at the outer anchorage of Port Qasim. Of these, three ships—Tarsus-M, Intution, and Bateleur—along with three additional ships—Bashudra Malika, APL Southampton, and MSC Lucy—are scheduled to load or offload grain, rice, LPG, mogas, and containers. These vessels are expected to take berths at various terminals, including MW-1, FAP, FOTCO, EVTL, and QICT, throughout the day.

Looking ahead, the port is anticipating the arrival of two more container ships, Tolten and Maersk Nayassa, on Friday. This ongoing influx of vessels highlights the continuous and dynamic nature of operations at Port Qasim.

The efficient handling of cargo and vessel traffic at Port Qasim is critical to supporting Pakistan’s trade infrastructure. The PQA’s comprehensive updates provide stakeholders with essential information, ensuring smooth coordination and planning. The port’s ability to manage such high volumes of cargo and diverse shipping activities speaks to its strategic importance and operational capabilities.

As Port Qasim continues to manage a steady flow of maritime traffic, its role as a cornerstone of Pakistan’s trade logistics remains pivotal. Stakeholders can expect sustained activity and efficiency as the port navigates the demands of international and domestic shipping.