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Chabahar port a better option for transit of goods to Afghanistan: Iranian official

TEHRAN: A senior Iranian official has portrayed the Southern Iranian port of Chabahar as the finest option for transit of goods to Afghanistan. “Chabahar is a better route for transit of commodities to Afghanistan and other countries as compared to ports in Pakistan,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour said. Rahimpour also emphasized that Chabahar ... Read More »

PNSC urged to extend its services to ports in Malaysia

KARACHI: Pakistan-Malaysia Business Council (PMBC) has urged establishment of direct shipping link and increase in frequency of air services between Pakistan and Malaysia for progress of bilateral trade between the two countries. This was said in a meeting of Board of Directors of PMBC. The Board desired that Malaysian Shipping Corporation should collect cargo from Karachi and Pakistan National Shipping ... Read More »

Shipping activity at Karachi ports

KARACHI: Five ships Kota Gemar, Finisterre, Atlantic Muse, APL Sydney and Lahore carrying containers and tankers were berthed at KICT on Friday. While UASC Khor Fakkan, Hyundai Highness, Ocean Concord, Alpine Moment, Alpine Penolope and COSCO Kawasaki sailed out. Han Zhi, Kota Gemar, Finisterre, Le Chang, UAFL Zanzibar and Lahore were due to depart. A cargo volume of 67,324 tonnes ... Read More »

KCAA wants demurrage waived

KARACHI: Karachi Customs Agents Association (KCAA) General Secretary Faisal Mushtaq has said that since the announcement of waiver of demurrage charges by the Ministry of Ports and Shipping on account of the strike called by transporters, no proper communication to private terminal operators ie PICT, KICT and QICT has been made and not a single waiver has been allowed. As ... Read More »

Govt requests SC to declare 891 appointments at PQA as illegal

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has requested the Supreme Court to declare all the appointments and promotions in the Port Qasim Authority (PQA) made from 2007 to 2013 as illegal. Hafiz SA Rehman Advocate has submitted a written reply in the apex court on behalf of the Federation regarding appointments and promotions in the PQA from 2007 to 2013. The Federation ... Read More »

Kamran Micheal lauded for steps taken in maritime trade

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Micheal has said that security level in International Waters has been a cause of concerns for all the countries which needs to be fully addressed, adding that sea trade and secure shipping is the most important thing. He was addressing to 152 states in General Assembly of International Maritime Organization’s 28th session ... Read More »

Demurrage waiving notification not yet implemented

KARACHI: The importers hold Ministry of Ports & Shipping and terminal operators responsible for backlogging of containers at Karachi International Containers Terminal (KICT) and Pakistan International Containers Terminal (PICT). Sources told Customs Today that around 2,208 containers are laying unattended at the KICT and around 1,900 containers at the PICT, as the terminal operators demanding demurrage on cargo stuck during ... Read More »

375kg heroin seized from container at QICT

KARACHI: The Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) has seized a container carrying record 375kg fine quality heroin at Qasim International Container Terminal, which was concealed inside the filters. The container, which was booked for Uganda, was loaded with 448 large size cartons (each carton containing 12 oil filters) and 1,113 small size cartons (each carton containing 40 filters). The five accused ... Read More »

Govt planning to expand existing fleet to enhance economy: Kamran Michael

LAHORE: Minister for Ports and Shipping, Senator Kamran Michael has said the government is planning to expand the existing shipping fleet to enhance the economy. In a statement, he said Netherlands has shown interest in developing Gwadar fish harbour, adding that an agreement would be signed in this regard for development of the sector. He highlighted the ongoing projects of ... Read More »

Japan shippers plan to order 90 new LNG tankers worth $17.6b

TOKYO: Japan’s top shippers plan to order around 90 new liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers worth about 1.8 trillion yen ($17.61 billion) by 2020 as they gear up to transport rising volumes of the super chilled fuel from North America and Australia. The expansion plans reflect rising LNG demand in nuclear-free Japan to generate electricity and also in other Asian ... Read More »

IMO Assembly elects new 40-Member Council

The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has elected the following States to be Members of its Council for the 2014-2015. In Category (a), 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services include China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and United States. In Category (b), 10 States with the largest ... Read More »

Suspension of 13 SPOs, POs of MCC Port Qasim flayed

KARACHI: The Senior Preventive Officers (SPOs) and Preventive Officers (POs) have expressed their concerns over the suspension of their 13 colleagues for allegedly clearing 40 to 45 consignments without duty tax during 2012-13. One of the SPOs while talking to Customs Today said that it is a injustice to suspend the SPOs and POs only, as the Principal Appraisers (PAs) ... Read More »

Michael bent on putting ports and shipping industry back on track

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael said that forceful encroachment by different corrupt groups at Port Qasim is a matter of great concern and an Anti-Encroachment Cell has been set up to halt this illegal practice at the earliest. The cell was not fully functional before but we have now made it a powerful authority to deal with ... Read More »

Transporters block goods supplies to port; strike continues

KARACHI: Transporters are blocking goods supplies to Karachi port as their strike against extortion and trucks hijacking on highways has entered another day. Talking to the media, the transporters have warned if the government did not pay attention to their problems, they would continue their strike for an indefinite period. The protesting transporters said that they are struggling to attract ... Read More »

Speedy vessels to enhance export soon: Kamaran Michael

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Ports & Shipping Senator Kamran Michael has said that the government is planning to bring new technology to enhance exports and strengthen Pakistan’s economy. He said, “We are working on speedy vessels project to boost livestock and perishable goods trade.” He said that the products which are already being exported to Middle East includes fruits, meat ... Read More »

High speed vessel service in the offing: Michael

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping, Senator Kamran Michael said that Ministry of Ports and Shipping will introduce a new business venture of high speed food vessel service between Pakistan and Gulf region very soon. The minister said that more than 95 percent of exports and imports were taking place through ports and shipping but trader of food items ... Read More »

Manual of ports, shipping and admiralty law launched

KARACHI: Pakistan’s trade with different countries could be enhanced further if international laws of trade, Customs and shipping could be fully understood and practiced at local level by traders and businessmen or lawyers on their behalf. This was stated by Judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan Justice Mohammad Ather Saeed, while speaking as a chief guest at the launch ceremony ... Read More »

Belgian Ambassador calls on Kamran Michael

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Belgium in Pakistan Peter Claes called on Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael on Tuesday. The Ambassador said their government will help the Ministry of Ports and Shipping to set up an international standard facility for fish packing and storage at Gwadar port. The Ambassador offered scholarships for Pakistani marine officers to give them training ... Read More »

Gwadar Port will be functional in five months: Kamran Michael

KARACHI: Federal Minister for Ports & Shipping Senator Kamran Michael has said that Gwadar Port will be made fully functional in next five months as almost 60 per cent of development work has been completed. The federal minister said this while addressing the inaugural session of 3rd International Conference & Exhibition on Shipping, Logistics & Supply Chain Management 2013. The ... Read More »

Body formed to probe missing containers case: Kamran Michael

LAHORE: Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael said that no container can be taken out from any port without clearance by the Customs authorities. Talking to media persons at the Lahore Press Club recently, he said that a committee had been formed to probe into the matter of missing containers and its report would be made public. The ... Read More »