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APL starts new India Pakistan-Mediterranean service
APL launches the India Pakistan-Mediterranean Express (IPM) Service – its first weekly service that directly connects India and Pakistan with the Mediterranean markets, the company said in its press release. “APL's new IPM service signifies another milestone in broadening our Indian Subcontinent (ISC) service offerings. APL customers in South Asia can expect to benefit from its direct shipping route and wide coverage of the Mediterranean ports. With its strategic port rotation that serves the major transhipment hubs of Malta, Damietta, Piraeus, Nhava Sheva and Mundra, shippers can tap on APL’s global network at these relay ports for further connectivity into vast key European, Asia and the U.S. East Coast markets,” said Eric Eng, APL Head of Asia-Europe Trade. Besides offering the fastest transit time from Mersin and Aliaga to the ISC markets, the IPM service also assures shippers an optimal handling of outbound cargo from India through a network of inland container depots located across the country before heading for the ports of Mundra and Nhava Sheva. The first sailing of the new IPM service will commence from the Port of Karachi, Pakistan, on 2 July 2017. The service will call the ports of Khor Fakkan, Karachi, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Djibouti, Jeddah, Damietta, Piraeus, Malta, Aliaga, Mersin and Port Said West.
Country’s first deepwater container terminal to be ready by April
Pakistan’s first deep-water container terminal at the Karachi Port has entered the final phase of infrastructure development to welcome mother vessels by mid-April this year, say officials. Despite the significance attached to this terminal, sources say the KPT has been delaying their part of the project, which may not bode well with the investors who have a positive outlook of Pakistan’s ports – they are targeting to manage 20,000 TEU ships to serve as hub terminal for mother ships coming to Pakistan. Spread over 85 hectares, the terminal is designed to accommodate Super Post Panamax ships: large vessels having a capacity of up to 20,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), an industry standard to measure a ship’s cargo carrying capacity. Placed on the mouth of Karachi Harbor, it has a depth of 16 meters and provides the most convenient access to mother ships entering Karachi. The project is a joint venture of Karachi Port Trust (KPT) and Hutchinson Port Holdings Limited (HPH), the Hong Kong-based parent of SAPT. http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/01/14/countrys-first-deepwater-container-terminal-to-be-ready-by-april/
KPT awards dredging contract to Dutch firm
The Karachi Port Trust (KPT) has finally awarded the capital dredging contract to a foreign company for the approach channel of Pakistan Deep Water Container Terminal (PDWCT) at a cost of Rs2.985 billion last Friday, official sources disclosed on Thursday. After receiving four tender bids, KPT in December 2015 opened technical part of the bids but deferred the opening of financial bids. For the evaluation of technical bids, KPT set up an in-house technical committee which qualified two bidders. In order to move forward, KPT asked the two qualifying bidders to extend the validity of bid security bonds as financial tender of the bids were not opened so far. However, only one of the bidders obliged while the other refused. As a result of this development, only one financial bid of the lowest bidder from a Dutch company — ‘Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractor BV’ — remained valid, sources said. Thereafter, the KPT on June 30, 2016 opened the lone financial bid before the expiry of validation period. The Dutch dredging company, besides, submitting main a bid with a dredging cost of Rs6.293bn (Rs1,258 per cubic meter), also offered an alternate bid. According to private and independent engineers’ estimates, the current cost of dredging for removal of 5 million cubic meters would come to around Rs5.437bn or Rs1,087 per cubic meter, official sources said. If this is true, port and shipping experts said, then KPT would save a huge amount of around Rs2.452bn by awarding the dredging contract to Van Oord Dredging Company as they are charging Rs2.985bn against the engineers estimated cost of Rs5.437bn.The KPT also refused the demand put down in the process of negotiations with the Dutch company for allowing them to alter terms and conditions for payment of dredging cost.Upload News