The first phase of a $1.4bn purpose-built, deep-water container terminal has been opened at Karachi port, Pakistan.
Developed under a public-private joint venture of Karachi Port Trust (KPT) and Hong Kong-based Hutchison Ports, the Hutchison Ports Pakistan (HPP) terminal commenced its test operations in December 2016, reported arabnews.com.
Hutchison Ports is currently operating the terminal, which KPT has so far invested more than $800m in to clearing the terminal site and dredging the deep-water channel.
The terminal is expected to play a major role in the overall China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) system, which is an effort of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for regional and global connectivity.
In a statement, HPP said: “The terminal is one of the most advanced in the region, having broken its own productivity record four times and serviced some of the largest containerships in the world since test operations.
“Its high performance is expected to raise Pakistan’s global trade competitiveness and set a strong foundation for further economic growth.”
HPP operates eight remote-controlled quay cranes and 26 rubber-tyred gantry cranes, as well as trunked radio systems.
The newly opened terminal will run on Hutchison Ports’ terminal operating system, nGen, which is capable of controlling yard and quay operations efficiently.
The terminal plans to open a regional operations centre in December to conduct remote ship planning for other ports operated by Hutchison Ports.