QASIM INTERNATIONAL CONTAINER TERMINAL
May 28 - Jun 03, 2007
Qasim International Container Terminal (QICT) was constituted on July 5, 1994 specifically to tender for the construction and operation of what would be Pakistan's first Dedicated International Container Terminal, to be built at Port Muhammad Bin Qasim on a build/own/operate basis. In fact, QICT was a consortium put together by P&O Ports, Mackinnons Pakistan, P&O Containers Pakistan Limited, the Commonwealth Development Corporation of the UK, and the Pakistan-Kuwait Investment Company, the latter being a joint venture between the governments of Pakistan and Kuwait. Subsequently P&O Ports demonstrating their commitment to the project, bought out CDC and Pak-Kuwait and now own 55% equity in QICT with 25% being owned by International Terminal Holdings limited of UK and 20% being owned by MaerskSealand. In March 2006 P&O Ports has been globally bought over by DPW (Dubai Ports World), one of the top three marine terminal operators in the world has the widest network of 52 terminals spanning 30 countries and five continents. A global capacity of 50 million TEUs and a dedicated, experienced and professional team of 30,000 people providing services in some of the most dynamic economies of the world.
SIGNING OF THE 2ND CONTAINER TERMINAL AT PORT QASIM
QICT's Sponsors will invest USD 250 million for establishing a Second Container Terminal at PORT QASIM ON BOT basis. DP-World CEO Mohammad Sharaf and Port Qasim Authority (PQA) Chairman Vice Admiral M. Asad Qureshi signed an agreement to this effect at the Prime Minister's House on 17th of August,2006. Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and Federal Minister Ports and Shipping Babar Khan Ghauri were also present on the occasion. This project is the highest ever foreign direct investment in port sector and would be completed in 3 phases with an overall capacity of 1.175 million teus and will enhance the total capacity of QICT to 2 million teus.
Port Qasim offers innumerable advantages over Karachi, which has allowed it to develop as a true international gateway. Among these is that QICT employs its own private labor which in turn is a huge saving for the shipping lines as they do not incur any DOCK LABOR LEVIES. Secondly the terminal's location is away from the congested city of Karachi resulting in a faster turnaround of the import and export cargoes.. QICT is closer to vital up-country markets from where 70% of our exports are originated. Major car assemblers e.g. Toyota, Honda, Suzuki and Nissan all import through QICT. QICT provides quality services designed to enhance customers' supply chain efficiency, including bringing together other terminals, free zones, logistic facilities, infrastructure developments and several other value added services for its customers.
Being at a strategic location (PQA), we provide the fastest connection to the main two highways, serving the vital upcountry markets. To add more value to our customer services portfolio, QICT was the pioneer in implementing the cutting edge Cisco IP telephony based container tracking system (IVR) and an SMS based container tracking system, whereby the importer or the exporter can find out the full details of their cargo sitting anywhere in Pakistan. Furthermore, as soon as PaCCS customs releases any container, a notification SMS is sent to the importer/exporter instantly.
SHIPPING LINES OPERATING AT QICT
Maersk Sealand, Safmarine, Hanjin, Senator Lines, CMA-CGM, Cpships, Hapag Lloyd, UASC, Hamburg Sud, OOCL, NYK, MOL, MSC, Norasia, LNL, NSCSA, China Shipping, Samudera Shipping Line, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Emirates Shipping line, Simatech, ANL, MacAndrews, Lykes line, Mega Feeders, OEL, Sea Consortium and many other NVOCC operators.
QICT TERMINAL SPECIFICATIONS
QICT occupies berths 5, 6 and 7 at Port Qasim, encompassing a total area of 240,000m2. The quay wall is 600m long and the draught is 11m. QICT also provides very important intermodal and rail services to inland dry ports at Lahore, Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Multan and Faisalabad. The rail terminal has its own stacking area adjacent to the rail sidings, with direct access to the terminal. Delivery of containers by trucks at the terminal also takes place round the clock.
The yard offers 216 own plugs for reefer boxes and 251 plugs with Gensets with a maximum holding capacity of 12,000 TEU. 6 Post Panamax Quay cranes and 21 RTGs running on fixed strips and 8 reach-stackers, with a variety of forklifts available for empty box handling mostly undertake front line yard and vessel handling operations. The whole operation is managed by a computer system by Navis incorporating a radio-data link between the yard vehicles and the planning center.
COMPLETED AND NEAR COMPLETION PROJECTS
Civil works being undertaken which includes a brand new 5 storey Operations Centre completed in September'2005, Reclamation of 40,000sq.m land which would substantially increase our yard capacity and a brand new State of the Art Gate House expected to be operational by 3rd quarter 2007.
OFF DOCK CONTAINER TERMINAL AT MAI KOLACHI
QICT also operates an off dock facility in the city called NLC Container Terminal situated at Mai Kolachi. The total area is approx.11 acres and has a capacity to handle 4000 teus per month. The facility came into operation on 25th May '2005. We are the only terminal in Pakistan to offer the facility to the importers to transport their units to Karachi at our Off Dock container Terminal "NLC Container Terminal" for clearance of their cargoes from Karachi. Therefore the consignees and shippers have a unique choice that they may clear or deliver their cargoes at either QICT or NLCCT. Moreover, customers can now even collect their pick-up ticket for import deliveries, directly from NLCCT, thereby saving time and effort in coming all the way to QICT.
IMPLEMENTATION OF "PAKISTAN AUTOMATED CUSTOMS COMPUTERIZED SYSTEM" PACCS.
QICT is the second container terminal wherein PaCCS has been introduced. We started handling import units through PaCCS since 22nd August 2006 and was fully implemented on imports by 17th of October'2006. Major highlights of this system are as follows:
– Integrated Process.
– Efficient truck turnaround time.
– One window operations through PaCCS HelpDesk.
– Minimized Documentation.
– More space in the terminal view quick clearance.
– SMS Based container Inquiry includes Release codes (RB, RA, RE & FR)
– QICT Cards for clearing agents & Bonded carriers.
– Scanner to be placed in QICT for import cargo examination in the very near future.
Exports are also being cleared through PaCCS from 1st February'2007.
Achievements in quality, environment, health & safety standards
QICT is an ISO 9001:2000, 14001:1996 & 18001:1999 certified organization for Quality , Environment , Health and Safety Management Systems.
LEADER IN MAINTAINING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS
QICT also has the distinction of being the first Pakistani Company to receive the certification of Information Security Management BS7799 globally recognized standard of ISO 17799.
QICT has been ISPS Compliant since 1st July,2004 and is truly the "Port of the Future" for Pakistan and a vital institution assisting in the growth of the Nation's prosperity.