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
  • All equipment is brand new, commissioned in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008
  • PICT is the only Container Terminal in Pakistan Sponsored and Owned by Pakistanis
  • PICT is a public listed company and is the only port infrastructure project listed on the Karachi Stock Exchange
  • 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


Corporate Social Responsibility

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
      • 04 Empty Container Handlers
      • 14 Forklifts / Bale grabber
      • 60 Prime Movers
      • 34 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

Customer Facilities

    • First Container Terminal in Pakistan to have Integrated Management System (“IMS”) Certification from Bureau Veritas
    • IMS integrates the main parameters of ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) and OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health & Safety Assessment Series)
    • ISPS Code Compliant Terminal (International Ship & Port Facility Security Code)
    • Compliant with the Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines of International Finance Corporation (The World Bank Group)
    • Compliant with the requirement of Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency
    • A 24/7 Dedicated Customer Services & Facilitation Centre
    • One Window operation
    • Non-PACCS Examination Facilitation
    • Wavier / Refund Request Processing and Monitoring
    • Custom-Built Fully Integrated Billing & Documentation Software
    • 24/7 ATM based Cash Window Facility at Customer Service Centre
    • Web Based Container Tracking System (Website: www.pict.com.pk)
    • Online Payment queries & invoice Verification System (Website: www.pict.com.pk)
    • Help Desk / Call Centre
    • Computerized Link of Weigh Bridge
    • Gate Operations (All the access to / exit from terminal is via) ;
      • Data Processing Centre (DPC)
      • Outer Gate
      • CFS Gate (exclusively for CFS/DG Shifting)
    • The main activities on Gates include:
      • Inspection
      • Release tickets
      • Seal checks etc.
    • Access / Exit to the Terminal (Controlled by PICT with following major checks) ;
      • Full identification of the Trucker
      • Gate in / out container after confirmation by the Line
      • Gate in / out container after having confirmation from Customs (PACCS)
    • Inter Terminal Transport:
      • All inter terminal transportation of containers arranged by PICT
    Centralized and real-time reporting of vessel activities, to Lines and their agents
    • Export EDI (Version 1.5/2.0)
    • Coarri / Codeco Files Reports for –Load / Discharge activities (every 1-4 hrs)
    • Terminal Departure Report (TDR)
    • Special Container List
    • Import/Export List
    • Other report to customer, if system support and mutually agreed upon
    • Cursory inspection & seal checking
    • The NAVIS Terminal Operating System combines live production experience at more than 200 marine terminals in 50 countries with state-of-the-art software design
    • N4 is an intelligent software which has the capability to automatically plan the Yard and the Vessel Operations
    • Optimizes Utilization of Container Handling Equipment
    • Improves Yard Utilization
    • Optimizes Vessel Planning
    • Automates Crane Scheduling and Monitoring
    • Reduces Downtime, Improves Throughput
    • Increases Real-time Responsiveness
    • Powerful and Intuitive Rich Internet Client Technology
    • Configurable lists and filters
    • Advance security model
    • Flexible reporting
    • Advance notification
    • Streamlines terminal operations
    • Connects multiple terminal locations
    • Increases scalability
    • Easy integration into existing system
    • Reduces customization
    • Lowers administrative and support costs
    • PICT was the fourth terminal in the world to Procure Navis N4 Terminal Operating System
    • A state-of-the-art container scanner which provides horizontal and vertical images (side and top views)
    • Ideal solution to non-intrusive and rapid inspection of containers for detecting contrabands and undeclared items
    • Latest technology of X-Ray Accelerator
    • Electron Beam Energy: 6MeV (Million Electron Volts)
    • Beam penetration is through 340mm steel
    • Radio Activity Monitors for detection of radioactive substances
    • PICT was the second facility in the world to install this type of Scanning System with 6MeV dual scan capability in 2008


International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI)

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Established in December 1987 in the Philippines, ICTSI has become a leading operator, innovator and pioneer in its field. After consolidating and strengthening our base and flagship operations at the Manila International Container Terminal in the Philippines, we realized the potential for an independent international terminal operator like ourselves, and launched an aggressive international and domestic expansion program in 1994.

We have a track record that confirms our ability to rapidly adapt to different operating environments, and to add substantial value to our operated terminals by enhancing their efficiency at every level. We also have the proven ability to perform beyond the expectations of central and regional governments of a privatization process, spanning both developed and emerging economies.

We take pride in being a partner in the true sense of the word in the development and management of port operations with governments divesting themselves of maritime port assets by privatization or sale vehicles.

ICTSI Ltd. , a wholly owned subsidiary, manages our foreign operations. Aside from developing new port concessions, this subsidiary is also tasked with overseeing operations of all acquired foreign terminals. Regional representatives in Manila, Hong Kong, Jakarta, MIami, Sydney, Knysna, Dubai and Ghana afford us the immediacy to respond quickly to investment opportunities.

ICTSI is currently pursuing an active program to acquire new terminal concessions in Asia, Australia, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

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