Prime Minister inaugurates new berths at Karachi Port

KARACHI: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Friday inaugurated KPT’s three berths 11, 12 & 13 completed by the Korean contractor Sang Yong and handed over to Karachi Port Trust.

The first phase comprising the reconstruction of berths 10–14 to 16 meters designed depth at a cost Rs 5.5 billion started in 2008. The ceremony was attended amongst others by Governor Sindh, Chief Minister, Secretary Ports and Shipping and dignitaries from the Ports and Shipping Sector.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Gilani highlighted the pivotal rate of shipping in Pakistan’s economy and said that the approaching trend of globalisation demands keeping abreast with modern standards in all spheres of production and transportation of goods. He emphasised further improvement in productivity and services in terms of quality and economy. He said that transportation industry faces great challenges from various directions expanding the port services in order to facilitate more and bigger ships at the port.

Referring to the rain disaster affecting Sindh, the Prime Minister called the nation to come forward to help the flood affectees. He mentioned that Karachi Port can play a crucial role to receive aid sent by international donors and overseas Pakistanis & announced that he has authorised a special waiver in demurrage to enable the ports to clear the goods received as aid for the flood victims.

The Prime Minister complimented the KPT on induction of state-of-the-art powerful tugs acquired from Turkey, which will foster our mutual relations. He was also encouraged to witness the induction of two pusher tugs and a dredge tender being built by the Karachi Shipyard for KPT and said that such construction reflects the potency of indigenous development capabilities which government has always promoted.

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