Brisk cargo handling at ports
The Karachi Port Trust (KPT) handled a total cargo volume of 692,572 tonnes comprising 497,715 tonnes of import cargo and 194,857 tonnes of export cargo from Feb 1 to 4. According to data issued from the KPT, the import volume of containerised cargo stood at 220,916 tonnes, followed by 175,533 tonnes of oil and liquid cargo. KPT handled 30,371 tonnes of imported wheat followed by 29,435 tonnes of bulk cargo, 11,167 tonnes of canola, 18,300 tonnes of rock phosphate, 9,674 tonnes of soyabean seeds and 2,319 tonnes of iron and steel scrap.
Export volume consisted of 165,242 tonnes of containerised cargo and 29,365 tonnes of clinkers mainly followed by 250 tonnes of oil and liquid cargo. Some 24 ships namely MP The Balichick, Leo Paramount, Tiger Integrity, AS Sicilia, MT Shalamar, Conti Coutage, Sky Ploeg, CMA CGM Titus, DA Gui, Attalia, Cosco Roterdam, Mutriba, Kota Nilam, Nordic Callao, Teer Bhum, WM Excellence, Al Mahboobah, LMZ Phoebe, OEL Kedernath, Lime Galaxy, Hong Kong Express, Ever Dainty, Shorthorn Express and Regina took berth. Meanwhile, Port Qasim handled a total cargo volume of 488,307 tonnes comprising 382,890 tonnes of import cargo and 111,417 tonnes of export cargo including 9,037 loaded and empty containers (TEUs) during Feb 1-4.
Wheat, steel coil, coal, palm oil, palm kernel, liquefied natural gas (LNG), gas oil and containerised cargo were handled at the port during this period.