Need for an additional Sea Port

Qasim International Container Terminal

Until early seventies, there was only one Qasim International Container Terminal sea port at Karachi. It was catering to the total maritime cargo, comprising entire imports and exports of the country. With the growth in national economy, the seaward cargo of imports and exports also considerably increased which triggered pressure on port handling facilities. The ships calling at the port had to wait at the outer anchorage (mouth of Karachi port’s navigation channel), and the waiting time of ships grew from a normal time of few hours to more than a month and even beyond

Qasim International Container Terminal View from Google Earth Map
Qasim International Container Terminal View from Google Earth Map

Planning of Qasim International Container Terminal

This was the time when I was working with Karachi Port Trust and I had physically seen the anxiety of port planners. The bunching of ships looking for a vacant berth had raised alarm bells as many shipping companies refused to come to Pakistan unless they were financially compensated for delays in port handling. This gave rise to either expand port facilities at Karachi port for which there was limited scope, or to build another port to remove the prevailing congestion for Qasim International Container Terminal on bot basis.

Decision for an additional Port at Qasim International Container Terminal

As per national plan of newly formed democratic government of Bhutto, one steel mill was to be set up at a place adjacent to th Qasim International Container Terminal QICT so as to handle its raw material imports as well as to export its finished products in the form of steel billets etc. Two sites were under consideration to build port facilities and steel mill, either in Baluchistan’s Hub area, or at a place close to historical ketty bunder at the confluence of river Indus delta. Of these two sites, ketty bunder site was a preferred one, as it was easily accessible through road and rail network, and was at a distance of about forty kilometers from Karachi. And secondly, there was vast hinterland available for upstream and downstream industries of steel mill.

Containers and Ships Standing at Qasim International Container Terminal
Containers and Ships Standing at Qasim International Container Terminal

Commander-in-Chief of Pakistan Navy Qasim International

Bhutto consulted Rear Admiral , a retired Commander-in-Chief of Pakistan navy who recommended the port to be built in Phitti creek. This area was surveyed by him when he was naval chief and, in his opinion, there was a natural deep-sea channel in phitti creek, which was fully protected by mangroves terminal on bot basis. These mangroves were considered as third largest in the world. By virtue of his discovery, this channel was also named after him as Ahsan channel.

In the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 which caused the fall of Dacca, vital installations at Karachi port came under Indian air attack. In one such attack on 4th December 1971, oil installations at Keamari were targeted. This triggered an urgent requirement of an alternative port to secure uninterrupted maritime activities for industrial growth terminal on bot basis.

Muhammad Bin Qasim

In the wake of factors highlighted above, a policy decision was taken to build another port to cater for raw material import of the proposed steel mill, as well as to handle bulk cargo, so as to remove the congestion at the existing Karachi port. This port was named after the great Muslim General Muhammad Bin Qasim, who sailed through this route and conquered Debil in the year 712 A.D. He defeated Raja Dahir and spread Islamic message of peace. It is on this account that Sindh is also known as gateway of Islam (bab-ul-Islam).

Muhammad Bin Qasim in Sindh

A fresh debate has recently triggered up on the wisdom and sagacity of sending Muhammad bin Qasim in this part of the world, as some historians claim that Muslims were already there, and some traces of graves of sahaba (companions of Rasool-ul- Allah) were also found in Sindh. But this is not the subject of my discussion and I would leave it there without going into more details of it.

DP World Karachi Qasim International Container Terminal

DP World Karachi (QICT)

Dream of DP World Karachi is that from the very beginning is to give precise data in the quickest time span to our esteemed clients and consistently tries to satisfy the clients’ necessities and prerequisites.

It report one more achievement by DP World Karachi (QICT) wherein we have presented for the comfort of this esteemed customers a Line Facilitation System (LFS) framework

LFS QICT DP World

Lfs qict has an online container tracking system which can be used to track lfs qict containers. The users can track and check the details of lfs qict containers, which includes status of container.

How to Check LFS QICT Container Status

The status of lfs qict can be checked by going to to to dp world lfs portal. After going to their website click on “Container Enquiry” and then write the container number

Click here to open the link

lfs qict container tracking system
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