PICT - Pakistan International Container Terminal

In June 2002, Premier Mercantile Services (Pvt.) Ltd. (“PMS”) entered into an Implementation Agreement (“IA”) with Karachi Port Trust (“KPT”). They were to design, construct, operate and transfer, after 21 years, a modern container terminal at berths 6-9, East Wharf, Karachi Port. The new project, Pakistan International Container Terminal, distinguishes itself by having some key features.

Salient Features of the Container Terminal

  • The Project commenced commercial operations in August 2002, within six weeks of taking over possession of the container terminal area from KPT with the existing container handling equipment of PMS; henceforth, the Project started generating business and paying Royalty and Land Rental to KPT within six weeks of taking the possession of the area.
  • The Phase I Development of the Project was successfully completed ahead of schedule in March 2004 and within the targeted cost of US$ 30 million.
  • The terminal currently has 4 Ship-to-Shore (“STS”) Quay Cranes, 2 Mobile Harbour Cranes, 10 Rubber Tyred Gantry (“RTG) Cranes and other ancillary equipment.
  • The dedicated area for the Terminal is 220,000 square meters. The Quay Wall length is 600 meters.
  • Amongst the present container terminals in Pakistan, PICT has the deepest berths, with a planned alongside depth of 13.5 meters and a current alongside depth of 12.2 meters.
  • An entire Power Generation Plant of 7.4 Mega Watt capacity is installed with Cummins (UK) generators. PICT is enhancing the capacity of the Power Plant to 10 Mega Watt.
  • PICT is the only Container Terminal in Pakistan Sponsored and owned by Pakistanis.
  • It is the only port infrastructure project whose shares are quoted on the Karachi Stock Exchange.
  • It is the first port infrastructure project in Pakistan financed by International Finance Corporation (“IFC”)—the private sector arm of the World Bank.
  • It is the first private sector project in Pakistan in which the OPEC Fund for International Development has participated as financiers.

Achieving Annual Growth

Since the completion of Phase I of PICT in 2004, PICT container handling volumes have been significantly growing every year – achieving an annual growth of over 100 percent in 2005-6 to 302,000 TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Container Units).

First Quayside Crane in Pakistan

PICT now serves 4 weekly shipping services and handles on average 27 container vessels a month. PICT has also installed the first Quayside Crane in Pakistan which can lift two empty containers at the same time – thereby doubling its crane lifting capacity on empty container moves. Incredible growth in container handling, PICT commenced Phase II and Phase III development at a cost of USD 45 million—five years ahead of the scheduled target. The development of Phase II has been completed whereas that of Phase III will take another year.

Pakistan Customs Computerized System

Once the development work is completed, PICT will have the capacity to handle over 550,000 TEUs per annum. PICT has also commenced e-clearance of cargo under the new Custom’s PACCS System (Pakistan Customs Computerized System).