FAP INVESTS $135MN AT PORT QASIM

FIRST AUTOMATED DRY BULK CARGO HANDLING & STORAGE TERMINAL STARTS OPERATIONS.

INTERVIEW: AHMED RANA-CHIEF EXECUTIVE FAUJI, AKBAR, PORTIA

AMANULLAH BASHAR
(feedback@pgeconomist.com)
Dec 6 - 12, 20
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The induction of Fauji-Akbar & Portia (FAP) is a new induction in the dry cargo handling system and storage facility in excess of 100,000 metric tons, which has been developed at an estimated cost of $135 million and expected to open doors of investment in the country.

Ahmed Rana, CEO FAP said in an interview that FAP terminal has been completed in a record duration of 24 months addressing an uphill task of reclamation of 22 acres of sea water required for construction of a 300 metre jetty, installation of automated unloading and conveying systems, erection of silos and bagging stations.

PROFILE OF AHMED RANA

The young and agile Ahmed Rana carrying a seventeen years of experience in engineering and consulting energy, ports and metallurgical sectors of Pakistan to his professional credit, has accepted the challenge of being the chief operating officer of the FAP. He expressed his confidence in the economic potential of the country, which is destined to provide world class cargo handling services not only in Pakistan but many regional countries going forward.

As the Chief Operating Officer, he will be taking care of the areas such as Financial, Tax, Risk and Facilities Management, Marketing and Commercial, Human Resource Management and Corporate & Strategic Planning. He holds a B.Sc degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, USA and has attended several specialist training programs regarding Production Planning & Inventory Control, Finance & Accounting and Labour Laws of Pakistan.

Ahmed Rana has been assigned to undertake his responsibilities in FAP as Chief Operating Officer, to uplift the performance of the company from its present level and to ensure a potential niche for the company in the terminal industry.

Professionally, he bags almost seventeen years of experience in handling the engineering and consulting aspects of several ports and metallurgical sectors of Pakistan.

He started his career by spending five years as a department head at International Industries Ltd, a leading pipeline manufacturer in Pakistan and subsequently joined Indus Associated Consultants to manage several multimillion dollar port related projects in Pakistan. Before joining FAP, he was supervising strategic alliances with several international companies at International Industries Ltd.

As Chief Operating Officer of the company, the multi-dimensional responsibilities of Mr. Rana include Project Management, Supplier Dealership, Risk Analysis, and Supervision & Training of the Project Management Team. Apart from rich experience in various areas of operations management in Terminal Sector, he has the perfect attitude and charisma to lead in a challenging environment.

FAP

Talking about the newly creator cargo handling facility i.e. Fauji Akbar Portia Marine Terminals Limited (FAP), Rana said with a sense of achievement that this state of the art terminal is Pakistan's first fully automated dry bulk cargo handling & storage terminal at Port Qasim. Its impressive capacity to deliver produce results is reflected in the fact that recently the National Bank of Pakistan has also acquired 10 percent shares of the company, which is of course a world class addition to the existing facilities of Port Qasim Authority (PQA) and will help Pakistan achieve its goals of becoming an integral hub of international trade, Rana Observed. FAP is quite capable of handling 4.1 million metric tons of dry bulk cargo per annum.

The terminal has been built on a 9 hectare facility and will cater to Panamax size vessels (up to 80,000 DWT). The fully automated Terminal will guarantee product quality, reduce discharge time of cargo by a huge margin, provide secure and transparent storage & automated bagging facilities, and almost eliminate wastage as per the best international standards and practices.

FAP is a public limited company registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) established under the Companies Ordinance 1984 with its registered office in Karachi. The company is a joint venture between Fauji Foundation, Akbar Group and National Bank of Pakistan with Portia Management Services Limited (part of the Peel Ports Group, UK ) as the O&M operator.

Giving details about the area of its activities, Mr. Rana said FAP has the right to build operate and transfer, a state of the art, fully automated grain and fertilizer terminal capable of handling 4.1 million metric tons of dry bulk cargo per annum.

DISCHARGE FACILITIES

TCP requirement of minimum discharge of 3500 metric tons per weather working day (PWWD) will be met by two fully automated unloaders, with a combined discharge capacity of up to 1,600 tons per hour for grain and fertilizer, that have been installed at the terminal.

Regarding benefits offered by FAP, Mr. Rana said it offers major benefits to terminals and other organisations such as TCP with the bulk transfer of materials. Some of the advantages include:

The terminal is capable of high unloading rates required to discharge modern bulk carriers which is rapidly becoming the standard for the transport of bulk commodities, whereas grabs and most types of other unloaders can only convey in vertical or near vertical direction. The Simporter has exceptional flexibility to reach into ship holds.

As the material being discharged is transported between two belts moving at the same speed, the material suffers virtually no degradation. Since the feeder normally lies buried beneath the material being unloaded, which is then held sealed between two belts, dust generation is minimal and its nuisance is virtually eliminated by extraction plant fitted to suppress dust generated at transfer points.

FERTILIZER WAREHOUSE

The dedicated fertilizer warehouse can store up to 30,000 metric tons of a single product or a combination of multiple products. The fertilizer warehouse is connected to the jetty and the unloaders by a fully enclosed and dedicated conveying system at speeds complementing the discharge rate. After storage conveying system connects the warehouse to automated bagging plant that can bag at a rate of 360 tons per hour.

ADDITIONAL WAREHOUSE STORAGE

The terminal has capacity to store an additional 6,000 metric tons of a single product or a combination of multiple products.

SILOS

The dedicated steel silos can store up to 80,000 metric tons of a single product or a combination of multiple products. The silos are connected to the jetty and the unloaders by a fully enclosed and dedicated conveying system at speeds complementing the discharge rate. After storage conveying system connects the silos to automated bagging plant that can bag at a rate of 600 tons per hour.

He disclosed that FAP is also in the process of acquiring an additional 15 acres of land where it intends to establish additional storage facilities of up to 500,000 metric tons in a form of warehouses and silos, which can be used to store fertiliser and grains.