The present facilities at this Port have been established both by the public and private sector. These are:
THE IRON ORE & COAL BERTH
The Iron Ore and Coal berth commissioned in 1980 is a specialized berth for handling Iron Ore, Coal & Manganese for Pakistan Steel Mills. The berth 279 meters in length is equipped with two grab unloaders with a handling capacity of 700 tonnes per hour each. Currently vessels of 55,000 tonnes payload are being handled here. The berth is connected to the Pakistan Steel Stockyard through a 4.5-kilometer long conveyer.
The design capacity of the berth stands as 3.36 million tons per annum. Since the start of port operations in 1980 a cargo volume of 48.5 million tonnes carried in 1124 ships has been handled here.
MULTI PURPOSE TERMINAL
The multipurpose Terminal presently comprises four multi-purpose berths in a linear length of 800 meters each divided into 200 meters length. Berth no 1 has a design capacity of around 2.5 million tonnes per annum. Vessels over 25000 DWT carrying edible oil, chemicals and molasses are being handled at this berth. Berths (2 to 4),
with design capacity of 5 to 6 million tonnes, are capable to accommodate vessels drawing more than 35000 DWT. All bulk, break bulk and general cargo is handled at these berths. Two transit sheds each measuring 10,000 sq. meters are also located at berths 2 and 4. Berths(2-4) has a vast back up area measuring 400 x 600 meters area. The entire range of cargo handling from opening of hatch of the ship to delivery of the consignment for imports and vice versa is carried out by Cargo Handling Companies (CHC) from the private sector, under one window operation.
FOTCO OIL TERMINAL.
The Oil terminal is a state of the art environmental friendly marine oil terminal. It was the first terminal to be developed by the private sector on BOO basis at a cost of US $ 87 million. The terminal is operational since April 1995. It is capable of handling 9 million tonnes of furnace oil per annum with a growth potential to handle more than 27 million tonnes with three additional berths. The facility mainly
comprises a jetty capable of handling upto 75000 DWT vessels, product pipelines, loading arms and a 4 km long trestle that connects the jetty with the shore. The terminal has the capability to berth tankers with 63,000 tons ship-load. Till September 30 , over 29 million tonnes of furnace oil has been handled here. It also commenced handling white oil from January 2001 through a separate 30 inch diameter pipeline. Additionally, British Petroleum crude has also been handled here. 77 acres of land has been earmarked here for POL Storage Tank Farm.
The terminal is designed to cater for four additional berths and four product pipelines to meet the current and future petroleum handling requirements of the country.
QASIM INTERNATIONAL CONTAINER TERMINAL
Out of the seven multipurpose berths 5,6 &7 have been converted into a 2 berths Qasim International Container Terminal. QICT is Pakistan’s first dedicated international container terminal established by the private sector on BOO basis. The terminal was constructed at a capital cost of US $35 million. It is operational since August 1997
and encompasses a total area of 240,000 sq. meters. It has a design capacity of 0.36 millions TEUs / annum and is capable of handling vessels up to 272 meters in length. The quay wall is 600 meters long and the 11 meters draught is sufficient to allow ships up to 45,000 DWT to dock alongside. It is equipped with rail mounted ship to shore gantry cranes and back up infrastructure. The entire operation at this terminal is managed by a computer system by “Navis” incorporating a radio link between the yard vehicles and the planning centre.
ENGRO VOPAK CHEMICAL TERMINAL
An integrated bulk liquid chemical import /export and storage terminal operational was constructed as a joint venture of Engro Chemical of Pakistan Limited and Royal Vopak of the Netherlands on BOT basis in 1998. It has a design capacity of 4 million tonnes per annum. The jetty located in the middle of the Port Qasim channel is designed to handle ships up to 75000 DWT and is linked to a 2 acre tank farm via a 1.1 km long trestle. Offloading of liquid chemical products is carried out through dedicated marine loading arms or hoses and is transferred via pipelines from the jetty to storage on the mainland. Currently there are 19 storage tanks for storage of various chemicals.
A railway station connects the port with the national Railway network with capability of loading 4 train loads at a time is located behind the back-up area of the Multi-Purpose berths.
In addition a service jetty, floating crafts, transit sheds, Cargo Handling Equipment, Buoys, Transit Lights, Beacons and a light house.