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Friday, October 28, 2016

KPT-Bahria University agreement signed


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Karachi Port Trust (KPT) has signed an agreement with the National Centre of Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR), Bahria University Campus, Karachi at a ceremony held at KPT Head Office. 

The agreement is aimed at establishing the KPT Chair for cooperation enhancement and interaction between academia and the Maritime Industry of Pakistan. The agreement was signed by the Chairman, KPT, Vice-Admiral (Rtd) Shafqat Jawed and the Rector, Bahria University, Vice-Admiral (Rtd) Tanveer Faiz. 

Speaking on the occasion, the KPT Chairman, while unveiling the objectives, highlighted the existing gap resulting in creation of increased demand for skilled human resources in Pakistani Ports and Shipping sector. 

The establishment of chair, he observed, will fill the gap in due course as professionals and skilled human resources will be available for undertaking maritime projects within the country and pave the way for maritime education as well thus opening avenues for research and innovation to meet the emerging demands of port operations while using maritime expertise and international standards. 

He stressed on linking KPT Staff College with the Chair to establish further linkages with the international/national institutes of maritime industry. 

He said that the materialization of the project will result in benefiting the KPT through focused research for future expansions and efficient port operations as the maritime sector is gradually growing in Pakistan. 

On the occasion momentos were also exchanged. The ceremony was well attended by top management officials of KPT and the NCMPR besides Director General NCMPR Vice Admiral (Rtd) K G Hussain.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

IG Police calls on KPT chief


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Apropos the prevailing law and order situation of the metropolis Karachi, the IG Sindh, A D Khuwaja called on Chairman, Karachi Port Trust (KPT), Vice Admiral (R) Shafqat Jawed, at the KPT Head Office to point out and discuss issues related to land base falling in the jurisdiction of the KPT. 

The KPT Chairman briefed the IG Sindh about various issues pertaining to KPT and thanked for the whole hearted support of the Sindh Police. 

Vice Admiral (R) Shafqat Jawed complimented the efforts of law enforcement agencies and particularly the Police force in maintaining tranquillity in city in general and surrounding of port area in particular which is also the hub of business activities of Pakistan and provides almost 70% of the total revenue earned by national exchequer. 

He also informed the IGP Sindh about some upcoming mega development work which would ultimately reshape and glorify the metropolitan city Karachi very soon.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

KPT signs MoU with Chinese department


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

A six-member delegation of the Guangdong Province, China, led by Liu Zhigeng, Vice Governor, Guangdong Province, visited the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for strengthening of port and shipping connectivity and for establishing cooperation between Guangdong Provincial Transportation Department and the KPT.

The MoU was signed by the Chairman KPT, Vice Admiral Shafqat Jawed, and the Director General, Department of Transport Guangdong Province, China, Zeng Zhaogeng. 

The MoU acknowledged the existing friendly relations between Pakistan and China and pledged the desire of strengthening the existing friendly relations through cooperative activities at ports in Guangdong Province and Karachi Port which are transportation hubs of the two countries. 

The MoU envisaged promoting cooperation in port and shipping logistics, strengthening communications and establishing closer ties between the two countries. 

Among others, the ceremony was attended by the Minister for Ports and Shipping, Senator Kamran Michael, and other top officials of the Ministry of Ports and Shipping and the KPT besides the members of visiting delegation. 

During the ceremony it was informed that both the KPT and the Guangdong Province ports have mutually agreed to cooperate in the field of freight and logistics, especially in port and shipping industry, thus serving the import, export and transhipment of goods from Guangdong province. 

They agreed on jointly studying policies for promoting the development in freight and logistics of both the signing parties for strengthening freight and logistics information connectivity for facilitating and accelerating customs clearance for the reduction of companies’ logistics cost. 

It was also agreed that both the parties will boost all round cooperation in investment and operation by the port logistics of their respective countries. With regards to improving professional and management skills of the managers of the port and shipping industry, it was agreed to carry out professional education and training in the field of port and shipping and logistics. 

Provision has been kept for further consultations on cooperation and other issues of common concern as both the parties have endeavored to engage the administrative authorities and industry associations of the respective two countries for maintaining constant contact and for sending their representatives to visit each other for communication advancement. 

The signatory countries undertook to strengthen friendly relations and cooperation in port logistics which will eventually promote extensive communication and cooperation in the economy of the districts where the ports are located.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

KPT to handle bigger post vessels by year end


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Karachi Port Trust (KPT) will soon become capable of handling bigger post PANAMAX mother vessels by the end of this year when the first phase of deep water container port attains completion and becomes fully operational. 

This was stated by the KPT Chairman, Vice Admiral Shafqat Jawed, while briefing a visiting high level delegation from National Defence University, participating in National Security and War Course 2014-15. 

On the occasion various capital intensive port-related projects came under discussion and Chairman KPT briefed the delegation on the new deep water container port which is scheduled to become functional by the end of this year. 

He informed that the new port will open new avenues for trade and commerce for Pakistan and pave way for the port to become transhipment hub of the region. He pointed out that the KPT has been playing a key role in the national trade and commerce. 

He reckoned that the development of the deep water container port was a timely decision for the Karachi Port is strategically located well set to cash on the change that has taken place due to shift of world economy towards Asia. 

The inter-active session concluded with the exchange of crests between the KPT, Chairman, Vice Admiral Shafqat Jawed HI (M), and the leader of the delegation, Rear Admiral Moazzam Ilyas SI (M). 

The delegation was given comprehensive briefing on management, administrative areas, functions and the ongoing projects of the KPT.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Vice Admiral Shafqat Jawed takes charge of KPT Chairman

Vice Admiral Shafqat Jawed
By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)


Vice Admiral Shafqat Jawed has taken over as Chairman of the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) on April 23. 


Having a vast experience of Navy and marine operations, he is all set to steer the port to achieve goals and objectives assigned to him by the federal government and deal with the port affairs professionally. 



With he sort of experience he brings with him, Admiral Shafqat  is expected to  create new avenues true to its  potentials, particularly  Pakistan Deep Water Container Port which is likely to  attain completion during his tenure as Chairman KPT.


Before joining KPT,, Vice Admiral Shafqat Jawed was working as Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (Admin) at NHQ. He has served at various Command and Staff positions including Commanding Officer PNS Shah Jahan, directing staff at PN War College, Director Naval Operations, Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Operations) at NHQ, Director Operations and Plans JSHQ, Commander Auxiliary and Marine Warfare Squadron, Mission Commander at China for F-22 P Project, Additional Secretary at Ministry of Defence, Flag Officer Sea Training and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations and Projects). 





His career started when he was commissioned in the operations branch of Pakistan Navy in June 1978. His professional course that he undertook during his illustrious career includes Naval Command Course (USA) and National Defence Course at NDU. In recognition of his meritorious services he was also awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military).

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pakistan Railways receive first consignment of locomotives from China

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi

Pakistan News & Features Services

The Pakistan Railways have confirmed having received first consignment of five locomotives out of 58 ordered with China.

The five locomotives, each of 3000 horse power, were unloaded at the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) on April 7.

These would be inducted into the system after initial tests and used for operation of freight trains, Divisional Railways officials informed PNFS on the occasion.

Presently the Pakistan Railways has been operating, on an average, three to four freight trains on daily basis and their frequency is likely to increase with the induction of the new locomotives.

The Karachi Railways Division operated 100 freight trains during the month of March, after a halt of freight operation for three years when it came to stand still due to non-availability of locomotives, resulting in a big revenue loss to the organization.

Each freight train is today generating revenue of 2.5 to 3 million rupees and according to sources the Karachi Railways Division earned revenue of Rs 300 million during March 2014.


“We have the demand and the capacity to carry freight with availability of wagons and arrival of new locomotives and their induction into the system will certainly provide a boost to the freight operation resulting in an increase in the frequency of freight trains, the Railway sources stated.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Coal transportation strategy from ports to power plants finalized

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

A high level meeting, held in Karachi on March 5 with Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Kamran Michael in the chair, finalized the strategy for transportation of coal from ports to power plants.

The meeting which was attended, among others, by Secretary Ports and Shipping, Habibullah Khan Khattak, Director General Ports and Shipping, Chairman PNSC, Chairman PQA and Chairman KPT, briefed the Minister about coal-based power production with focus on improving handling of coal imports their storage and transportation.

The Minister was informed about allocation of three berths exclusively for coal handling at Karachi Port and its transportation to power houses through railway. He was told that terminal facilities have been upgraded making round the clock cargo handling and transportation possible.

It was pointed out that with reference to signing of agreements by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for setting up of coal-fired power plants,, preparations have been geared up at ports  speedy port operations. Energy Coordinator to Chief Minister Punjab, Nadeem Aslam Choudhry, specially attended the meeting in this regard.

On the occasion, the Minister was briefed about mega KPT projects including Pakistan Deep Water Container Port, Harbour Crossing Bridge and Cargo Village.

Later Senator Kamran along with Nadeem Aslam Choudhry, was taken on a harbor cruise to witness KPT's coal handling facilities.


Sunday, January 19, 2014

KPT celebrates Arfa Karim Day with great enthusiasm

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

On the occasion of  the second death anniversary of the youngest Microsoft expert and the Pakistani icon, Arfa Karim, the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) organized a harbour cruise for students alongwith Mrs Samina Amjad, mother of late Arfa.

Speaking on the occasion, Samina Amjad highlighted the goals set forth by the Arfa Karim Foundation and said that her daughter wanted to bring about a revolution in the field of education using IT as a tool, for imparting quality education to under privileged students particularly in rural areas of Pakistan.

This, she pointed out, was even shared by Arfa with international and national media interactions as her daughter has always dreamt big in her short life. 

The Arfa Karim Foundation is striving hard to preserve her complete legacy and moving forward to persue her dreams, Samina told the gathering adding that with this objective in view the 2nd death anniversary of Arfa is observed to pay tribute to the ‘daughter of the nation’ by lighting candles and organizing various activities starting from January 14 and they will continue until February 2.

She reminded that Arfa Karim lost her battle against life on January 14 and her birthday was celebrated on February 2 until her daughter was alive.

Mrs Samina Amjad appreciated the KPT's efforts for coming forward with this harbour cruise on a passenger ferry boat which was named after Arfa. They profusely decorated the boat for this particular occasion.

 Later, the students also shared their views and vision towards acquiring latest technology and some even shared to become computer experts like late Arfa Karim. One of the student in a very confident mood said that she wants to become software specialist and develop software for exporting to other countries to help boost our exports and earn foreign exchange needed for the economic stability.

The students exhibited great excitement in having the company of a great mother of nation’s daughter and thanked the KPT management for providing them an occasion to share their feelings towards the great daughter of Pakistan. 



Monday, June 17, 2013

Pakistan Deep Water Container Port to create employment opportunities young workforce

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping, Senator Kamran Michael, visited the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) where he took round various maritime installations and the ongoing development projects. He was accompanied by the KPT Chairman and other high port officials. 

The Minister visited all the operational berths including the three oil piers and during his three-hour visit and he also inspected the newly laid out breakwaters that will streamline the channels of Karachi Port. 

He visited the deepened length of the approach channel while the Chairman explained the desirability of deeper access for berthing of large post-panamax carriers.


During inspection of  under construction Pakistan Deep Water Container Port, the Minister directed the KPT to bring all the issues related to delay caused in its completion so that action could be taken at the appropriate forum for their resolution. 

He said that PDWCP will create much needed employment opportunities for the young workforce of Pakistan.


While having an appraisal of current state of operations at Karachi Port the Minister raised many pertinent queries about various operational practices. 

He conveyed the vision of the present government and asked the officers  to implement it transparently to ensure greater performance  efficiency and made the same a role model for others to follow.  


He stressed on having strategic priorities for the Port to bring them in an alignment with international maritime requirements. He pointed out that Karachi Port, being the largest recipient of Pakistan’s national maritime trade, is expected to perform the assigned tasks  with diligence and devotion.

On the occasion he listened to the issues raised by port workforce and issued on the spot orders for solving them. He promised to look into their long term problems and assured their representatives that he will try utmost to find solution to them. 

He said he will  visit Karachi Port regularly and monitor its activities personally. He directed the management to provide his detail appraisal of all port activities to enable him to take appropriate steps thereof.



Friday, August 17, 2012

KPT observes Independence Day with traditional fervour

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi

The Karachi Port Trust (KPT), observed the 65th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan, with traditional fervour on August 14. Quran Khwani and special prayers were held at all the KPT mosques after Fajr Prayers while the siren of KPT Head Office and entire vessels in the harbour sounded for two minutes started at 8:58 am.

The newly appointed KPT Chairman, Jawed Hanif Khan, performed the flag hoisting at a graceful ceremony at the Head Office at 9:00 am and inspected the neatly dressed squads of Port Security Force, Port Fire Service, Port Civil Defence, Traffic Department, Marine Apprentices and Karachi Sea Scouts while a neatly dressed band presented the guard of honour.

As usual, the KPT Head Office and Keamari Boat Basin building were profusely illuminated during the nights falling on August 13 and 14.

The KPT Chairman distributed the Best Employee Awards of the Year to each of the selected candidates of every division of the organization, encouraging them and all others to perform even better in future.
Jawed Hanif Khan, a veteran of the District Management Group of the Civil Superior Services (CSS), replaced Mohammad Aslam Hayat as Chairman of the KPT a couple of weeks ago.
He had started his professional career in 1986, having done Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from the NED University of Engineering & Technology, Master of Arts (Economics) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Karachi.

Before joining the KPT, he was serving as Director General of Planning and Development at the Port Qasim Authority. Previously he worked as District Coordination Officer of the City District Government Karachi, Deputy Commissioner of Karachi Central and Deputy Commissioner of Sukkur and Badin.
Jawed Hanif’s rich experience of management and administration would come handy for a vibrant institution like the KPT which has initiated quite a few mega projects, with the collaboration of private sector, during the last few years which include the state-of-the-art food court, Port Grand, at Native Jetty and Jinnah Rotary Bridge.
The KPT will be further strengthened with his expertise as more development work is planned to be carried out in the near future aimed at making Karachi Port the primary hub of maritime activity in the region.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

780 acres of KPT land encroached by Land Mafia


Standing Committee of the National Assembly on Ports and Shipping led by its Chairman Rana Mahmood ul Hasan including Ms Fauzia Wahab, Syed Nasir Ali Shah, Khwaja Sohail Mansoor and Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar visited Head Office, Karachi Port Trust. On the occasion, a briefing was given by KPT’s General Manager Civil Works and Estates, Pervez Younsi to the NA body, said a statement issued here.

The briefing included a comprehensive background on the issue of KPT’s jurisdiction and extension of limits as authorized by the Government from time to time. It was informed that KPT’s land was subject to encroachment and a total of 780 acres was encroached by various unauthorized parties and colonies. It was agreed that KPT’s land constituted government property and needed to be protected effectively as it was essentially needed for future projects of the port. The meeting was attended by IG Sindh Police and CCPO and members of the Sindh Board of Revenue.