Biggest Port Of Pakistan, Pakistan Deep Water Container Port (PDWCP) located in Karachi, started its test operations by accommodating the first container ship “APL Japan”.
According to officials, the vessel yesterday took along-side berth No. 4 of the port at 3 PM for loading around 1,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of export cargo, Dawn news reported, citing sources.
PDWCP is a big port having a designed draft of 18 metres and operational draft of 16 metres. However the vessel APL Japan was having a draft of 12 metres and an overall length of 262 metres which is very small for PDWCP.
The port is located at Keamari groyne east of Karachi Port and has the capacity to handle mother ships. The APL Japan first called at Karachi International Container Terminal, West Wharf Karachi Port, and unloaded containers of import cargo and later shifted to the PDWCP, sources said.
Hopefully, the PDWCP would be inaugurated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the third week of January.
The port is Biggest Port Of Pakistan having the capacity to handle 3.1m TEUs a year and have a storage yard to accommodate 550,000 TEUs a year.