CYRUS R.KHURSIGARA, GM Marketing and Sales,
DP World Karachi,
Qasim International Container Terminal

 17 - 23, 2009


Our mission is to provide World Cass port services and to be a global player in operating and managing ports. We will provide value for money, high quality services to our customers through motivated and innovative employees. Our people will be empowered to make optimum utilization of modern facilities, technology and resources while ensuring a reasonable return on investment


Our vision is to be the Port of Choice for our customers in each of our locations. To excel in Operations, Sales and Customers Service to our clients and to enhance the position of the local communities and countries in which we operate as gateways for global trade.


DP World Karachi is a consortium put together for the specific purpose to construct Pakistan's first dedicated International container terminal as on a build-own-operate basis. Members of this consortium were P&O Ports, Mackinnons Pakistan, P&O containers Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd, the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) of the UK and Pak-Kuwait Investment Company. Subsequently P&O ports bought our CDC and Pak Kuwait and owned 55% equity in QICT with 25% being owned by International Terminal Holding limited of UK and 20% owned by APM TERMINALS HOLDING LTD.

In March'2006 P&O Ports was globally bought over by DP World and presently DP World owns 75% share holding with 25% share holding of ITH Limited of UK.

Commenced operations in August 1997 as QICT and has the distinction of being the first state of the art modern container terminal in Pakistan. It is the only terminal in Pakistan wherein the customer has the option to clear his container from either DP World Karachi or clear the same from our off dock container terminal 'NLCCT' located in the heart of the city. This is one of the main strategies that has boosted the throughput to 720,000 in 2007. Today it has a market share of 38%.


- Pakistan's first State of the art Modern container terminal

- Number 1 terminal in Pakistan in terms of yearly throughput amongst 4 terminals presently in operations in Pakistan holding a 38% market share

- Achieved a throughput of 720,000 TEUs during 2007, with maximum throughput of 76,271 TEUs during March 2008.

- Handled the largest ever vessel in Pakistan CMA CGM Debussy 301m LOA.

- First and the only terminal in Pakistan to achieve ISO 9001: 2000, ISO 14001: 1996 & ISO 18001: 1999, ISO 27001 for information security management.

- In June 2008 we are again the only terminal in Pakistan and the first terminal in the sub continent to achieve the ISO 28000: 2007 certification for Supply Chain Security Management System.

Storage capacity 15,467 units at any given time
Terminal Capacity 850,000 TEUs
Terminal Size 24 Hectares
Berth 3 berths
Alongside Draught 12 M
Channel Depth 12 M
LOA of vessel 305m
Permissible BEAM 41 m
Reefer plugs 550
Railway siding 6 lines
Ship to shore cranes 6 Nos
Type / Manufacturer Rail Mounted Quay Crane Noell (Post Panamax)
List capacity under spreader 40 MT
List capacity under hook 55 MT
Outreach 44 M
Back Reach 15 M
Spreader height above crane rail 34 M
Rail Span 27 M
Rubber Tyre Gantry Crane 21 Nos (1 over 5 high containers)
Reach Stacker 8 ( 4 on order)
Empty handler 3 ( 2 on order)
Forklifter 1
Cherry Picker 1
Mechanic Sweeper 1
6 MEV Dual Imaging Scanner 1


DP World Karachi is situated at berths 5, 6 and 7 at Port Mohd. Bin Qasim which is an ideal location offers many exclusive advantages. The total area of the DP World Karachi is surrounded by fast developing industrial estates, which include:

* ICI-Dupont
* Pakistan Steel Mills
* Toyota, Suzuki, Nissan Motors & Honda (Lahore)
* Engro Pak Tank
* FOTCO oil Terminals


Customer satisfaction is the foremost consideration of the DP World Karachi where full or empty boxes are received and delivered with care and speed to the rail wagons and road transport services. For this purpose DP World Karachi has a 24 operated Help Desk to cater to all the needs of its customers in corporation with customs, railways and road transports which has simplified operations for containers and cargo transfers to and from Upcountry areas & Dry ports.


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.


Another value added feature is the Container Freight Station (CFS) located approx.9 kms from DP World Karachi, which enables the stuffing and de-stuffing of containers as well as the catering for LCL (less container load) traffic.

DP World Karachi hires its own labor and is therefore not directly controlled by the Dock Labor Board. DP World Karachi publishes its tariffs to ensure total transparency in its dealings with customers.

DP World Karachi also features a number of very significant on dock intermodal rail services operated by Pakistan Railways to inland dry ports at Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, Faisalabad. The rail terminal has its own stacking area with direct access to the terminal. Delivery of containers by trucks at the terminal also takes place round the clock.


IC3 Programme is based on strategic partnership between Pakistan Customs and the United States Customs & Border Protection under the Safe Freight Initiative (SFI). In the new world order following 9/11, all Customs Administrations are obliged to forge ever closer links, in terms of operational synchronization and information-sharing, to ensure that it is only the genuine commercial cargo which moves through Customs border controls with utmost speed and facilitation, and that deterrence levels are so effective that no economy should feel at risk from a hidden threat in such cargo. These are the new principles of Customs-to-Customs interaction in the context of contemporary international commerce, reflected either under bilateral arrangements, or realized through adoption of legal instruments enunciated by the World Customs Organization.

In implementing these principles, Pakistan Customs and the US Customs and Border Protection have worked together for one year and have jointly invested over US$ 8 million to create an infrastructure, which supports operational integration between them on the one hand, and ensures security and facilitation for the trade, on the other.

The Declaration of Principles on the IC3 Programme was signed between Pakistan Customs and the United State Customs and Border Protection in Islamabad in March 2006, and, inter alia, covers all exports from Pakistan to the United States.

The IC3 programme is fully operational since August'2007.


No delays for just in time shipments.

Reduced cost of business.

US buyers to gain more confidence in Pakistan's exports.

No operational delays of cargo at US ports view necessary clearance from the IC3 facility.

The US Importer would avoid costs resulting from the inspection and delayed clearance of imports at US ports.

Reduced clearance time at both ends resulting in net gain in business for both Pakistan and USA.


QICT's Sponsors will invest over USD 300 million for establishing a Second Container Terminal at PORT QASIM ON BOT basis. DP-World CEO Mohammad Sharaf and former 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. 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 2.175 million teus.


QICT has been selected by Pakistan Railways along with PICT to operate an Inland Container Depot at Prem Nagar after Bidding and pre qualification process. This agreement was signed on May 23,2008 for which Pakistan Railways have acquired 100 acres.

QICT has been leased 28 acres to build its own ICD. High speed trains would be used for transporting containers from QICT to this ICD and vice versa. Expected transit time would be 25-30 hours. QICT would be handling , storing , stuffing , de stuffing and customs clearance of al the containers at this facility.

This would be an ideal facility for the shipping lines in terms of speedy delivery / receival of their cargo to / from Lahore.

Expected commencement is 3rd Qtr 2009.


Maersk Sealand , APL, Safmarine, Hanjin , Senator Lines , CMA-CGM , Hapag Lloyd , UASC , OOCL , NYK , MOL , MSC , Norasia , LNL , CSAV Norasia, NSCSA, China Shipping , Samudera Shipping Line , Hyundai Merchant Marine , Emirates Shipping line , Simatech , ANL , MacAndrews , Sea Consortium, Sheryas Shipping and many other NVOCC operators.

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.