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Hutchison Ports Pakistan welcomes country’s largest ever container ship

Hutchison Ports Pakistan is situated at the estuary of the Keamari Groyne basin, providing the most convenient access to ships entering Karachi.

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Hutchison Ports Pakistan created maritime history in Pakistan by welcoming maiden call of CV COSCO BELGIUM. It is the largest container vessel to ever call at any port of Pakistan, with length overall of 366 meters and a capacity of 13,386 TEUs.

CV COSCO BELGIUM is deployed in the EPC 2 service and berthed at 2000 hours on 18th December 2019. The vessel sailed at 1400 hours on 19th December 2019 after handling 1537 moves during her stay.

“The arrival of the CV COSCO BELGIUM to Pakistan is a matter of great pride for us as we are the only terminal in the country with the capacity and the state-of-the-art equipment required to berth and handle a vessel of this size,” said Captain Syed Rashid Jamil, General Manager and Head of Business Unit, Hutchison Ports Pakistan. “We would like to thank our partners COSCO for helping us accomplish yet another historic milestone.”

Hutchison Ports Pakistan is the only container terminal in Pakistan with a depth alongside 16.5 meters, able to accommodate large size mega-ships.

The terminal is equipped with 11 remote-controlled quay cranes and 31 rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGCs) being operated by nGen, Hutchison Ports’ proven terminal control system. nGen controls operations with the highest level of efficiency including yard and quay operations.

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Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.