About PICT


Karachi Port Trust, in order to maintain its edge over Port Qasim as the primary Port of Pakistan, sought proposals from private sector investors to develop the second modern, fully equipped international standard container terminal at East Wharf, Karachi Port.

Against competitive bidding, Premier Mercantile Services (Pvt.) Ltd. ("PMS"), a Marine Group Company, was awarded a 21-year Concession to build and operate a dedicated container terminal at Berths 6-9, Karachi Port, on a BOT basis in April 2002. Following extensive negotiations, an Implementation Agreement was entered into with the Trustees of the Karachi Port Trust, which inter alia detailed the commercial, financial and technical terms of the Concession. This Agreement also provides for the terms on which PICT will be required to implement additional Phases of the Project. The important relevant provisions required:

a) The setting-up by PMS of a Terminal Operating Company ("TOC") to design, finance, construct and operate a dedicated container terminal with a capability of handling up to 450,000 Twenty Foot Equivalent Container Units ("TEUs") per annum on berths 6-9 East Wharf for a period of twenty-one (21) years in phases linked to traffic growth on a BOT basis;

b) A commitment to meet the expanding needs for future container traffic growth;

c) To complete the physical implementation of Phase I by April 17, 2004.

Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT) was formed as the Terminal Operating Company and took over dedicated container terminals on October 15th, 2002. PICT achieved successful completion of all contractual obligations of Phase-I development earlier than schedule on March 31st, 2004


  • PICT is a modern container terminal operating at berths 6—9, East Wharf, Karachi Port
  • Design depth of berths is 13.5 meters
  • Quay Wall: 600 meters
  • Backup Area: 21 Hectares
  • Commenced terminal operation in 2002. Premier Mercantile Services (Pvt.) Ltd. (“PMS”)
  • the Sponsor of PICT – has been handling cargo at the Karachi Port since 1964
  • It is the first port infrastructure project in Pakistan financed by International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) -- the private sector arm of the World Bank
  • It is the first private sector project in Pakistan in which the OPEC Fund for International Development has participated as financiers
  • Total Investment: approx. USD 150 million


  • At shortest distance from the fairway Buoy to any other terminal in Pakistan
  • The terminal established at the century old Port of Karachi on the East Wharf at newly constructed berths
  • Karachi Port is the leading port of the country which handles majority of Pakistan’s cargo. Karachi Port’s container throughput for the financial year 2010 was 1.25 million TEU’s

Competetive Advantage

  • Most Modern & Deep berths in Pakistan with a planned depth of 13.5 meters
  • No reduction of sanctioned depth during monsoon
  • Availability of substantial spare yard space on the East Wharf for additional yard handling capacity
  • Modern container scanning and radiation detection capability
  • Location within close proximity of Karachi
  • No additional shifting from the terminal to Karachi city limits
  • Arrival / Departure round the clock
  • The only terminal to have onsite rail link to up country
  • Terminal handling capacity is 750,000 TEUs per annum


PICT Technical Details

Port Information

S# Item Description
1. Entrances to the port One
2. Approach Channel
length (m) 2.7 N Miles
width (m) 300
depth (m) 12.5
allowable LOA (m) 300
3. Tidal constraints for entering and leaving Deep draft vessel berthing/ unberthing (with +12 m) only at top of high water.
4. Distance from Pilot station to Terminal 6.5 nautical miles
5. Time taken for above pilotage 1.5 hrs
6. Turning Basin one
diameter (m) 425
draft (m) 12
allowable LOA (m) 300
7. Night navigation Available
8. Tugs - available Five
Horsepower 2500-3000 hp
 Type Conventional/ vsp.
9. Pilot availability 24 hrs.
10. Pilot booking procedure Through line agent.
11. Vessel Bowthruster Compulsory 250m and above
12. Working hours 24 hrs. with shift break
13. Number of shifts Two.
14. Times of shifts Day shift from 0730 to 1900 and Nite shift from 1900 to 0730 hrs (Hook to Hook).
15. Meal hours Nil.
16. Idle hours Hardly 10-15 minutes while shift change.
17. Cargo cut-off time 12 hrs before vsl sailing.
18. Can terminal accept break-bulk / heavy lifts Yes with restriction that length should not exceeds from 55' (Prior approval reqd.).
19. DG cargo handling DG Cargo class 1 & 7 are restricted and require prior approval/ clearance from D.C: KPT by agent.
20. Max weight of OOG cargo With and without spreader 40 and 50 tns respectively.


  • Total Area is 210,000 square meters at the terminal. Additional area of 50,000 square meters is available at adjacent storage yards in KPT area
  • Ground Slots: 3,910 TEU
  • Container Storage capacity is 19,500 TEU per day

  • Quay Wall: 600 meters
  • Phase I Handling Capacity: 150,000 TEU per annum (completed in 2004)
  • Phase II Handling Capacity: 300,000 TEU per annum (completed in 2006)
  • Phase III Handling Capacity: 550,000 TEU per annum (completed in 2009)
  • Phase IV Handling Capacity: 750,000 TEU per annum (completed in 2010)


    • 6 Ship to Ship-to-Shore (“STS”) Quayside Gantry Cranes
      • STS No.1 & No.2
        • 41 tons under Spreader Lifting Capacity
        • Outreach 46 mtrs
        • Post Panamax
        • 25 moves per crane / hour average output
        • Twin Lift Spreader
      • STS No.3, No.4, No.5 & No.6
        • 45 tons under spreader Lifting capacity
        • Out reach 54 mtrs
        • Super Post Panamax
        • 30 moves per crane/hour average output
        • Twin Lift Spreader
    • Yard Equipments
      • 20 Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes (Dual powered – Diesel & Electric)
      • 11 Reach Stackers
      • 01 Top Loaders
      • 03 Empty Container Handlers
      • 16 Forklifts / Bale grabber
      • 35 Prime Movers
      • 28 Service Vehicles (including Admin/Security Motor Cycles)
    • 428 Fixed Reefer Outlets
    • 50 Mobile Outlets
    • Each Reefer Outlet Powered by Indigenous Power Generation System
    • PICT Power House caters for the entire domestic and commercial power needs of the Terminal
    • Present Capacity is 12.2 mega watts, with eight diesel generators of 1.2MW each and one diesel/HFO of 2.6MW