DP World opened its new container terminal in Port Qasim near Karachi in Pakistan on Wednesday.
The terminal marked the opening with the arrival of its first customer, the French containership CMA CGM Wagner.
The opening of Terminal 2, a major expansion of DP World Karachi, will boost the capacity of Port Qasim to around 1.2 million 20-foot equivalent container units from around 900,000 TEUs.
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The new terminal is the first phase in DP World’s three-phase development – the largest ever investment in the port sector in Pakistan.
DP World Karachi is Pakistan’s first dedicated international container terminal and will serve as a gateway port and transit facility for upcountry Pakistan and Afghanistan. Its location outside Karachi allows faster inter-modal connectivity and reduces the need to transport transit containers through the city.
Built on 32 acres of reclaimed land, Terminal 2’s quay is 2,198 feet long with three gantry cranes capable of handling vessels with capacities of around 6,700 TEUs and with six rubber tired gantry cranes.
Terminal 2 will be developed in a further two phases of heavy duty pavement expansion over a period of several years, with the timing depending on market demand. Each future phase of the terminal will be fully integrated and compatible with the existing terminal.
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