Shipping Activity at Port Qasim as of November 30, 2023

Shipping Activity at Port Qasim as of November 30, 2023

Karachi, November 30, 2023 – Port Qasim, one of Pakistan’s key maritime hubs, witnessed active shipping operations on Wednesday, with three significant vessels – GCL Lazaro, Al-Dayyan, and Ardmore Engineer – berthing at the Bulk Terminal, Elengy Terminal, and Oil Terminal, respectively.

These ships were laden with coal, LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), and gas oil, contributing to the dynamic maritime landscape of the port.

In addition to these arrivals, the oil tanker Hafnia Tagus, carrying a cargo of 26,997 tonnes of gas oil, anchored at the outer anchorage of the port during the same day, further amplifying the maritime traffic and trade activities.

The port remained a hub of bustling activity, with a total of eight ships engaging at Port Qasim Authority (PQA) berths within the last 24 hours. Notably, the container vessel MSC Ellen departed the port on Thursday morning, while two more ships, Ardmore Engineer and African Dove, are scheduled to set sail in the afternoon.

During this period, the port handled a cargo throughput of 187,374 tonnes, comprising 139,491 tonnes of imported cargo and 47,883 tonnes of export cargo. This cargo included containerized goods transported in 2,636 containers (391 TEUs of imports and 2,245 TEUs of exports), reflecting the diverse range of commodities passing through the port.

As operations continued, eleven ships were observed at the Outer Anchorage of Port Qasim. Among them, three vessels – BD Pioneer, Hafnia Tagus, and Seaspan Beacon – along with Navios Lapis, are expected to load or unload rice, gas oil, and containers. These ships are scheduled to take berths at MW-1, FOTCO, and QICT on Thursday. Additionally, the container vessel Big Breezy is anticipated to arrive at Port Qasim on Friday, adding to the ongoing maritime activities.

The diverse cargo handled at Port Qasim underscores its role as a vital gateway for both imports and exports, connecting Pakistan to the global trade network. The constant flow of vessels and the variety of goods being transported highlight the port’s efficiency and importance in facilitating international trade.

The maritime community continues to closely monitor the shipping activities at Port Qasim, recognizing its strategic significance in the region’s economic landscape. As vessels load and unload various commodities, the port remains a key player in fostering trade and contributing to the overall economic growth of Pakistan.

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