Pakistan: Port Qasim opens for business

Pakistan: Port Qasim opens for business

DP World has just announced the opening of its new container terminal in Port Qasim near Karachi in Pakistan, celebrating the arrival yesterday of its first customer, the French container vessel, 'CMA CGM Wagner'.

The opening of Terminal 2, the major expansion of DP World Karachi, will take capacity at Port Qasim to around 1.2 million TEU from around 900,000TEU and marks the successful completion of the first of DP World's three-phase development – the largest ever investment in the port sector in Pakistan.

Built on 13 hectares of reclaimed land, Terminal 2's quay is 670 metres long with three gantry cranes capable of handling vessels of around 6,700TEU capacity, and six rubber tyred gantry (RTGs) cranes.

In line with market demand, Terminal 2 will be developed in a further two phases of heavy duty pavement expansion over a period of several years.

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