News: Pakistan's Karachi Port is prepared to take delivery of the first ship, MV Mandarin River, with 13m of draft on its newly reconstructed berth no.11, reports Dredging Today. This development has been termed as another landmark by the port in its progression to augment and support the national trade. The vessel is 190m in length, 32m in breadth and has 55,858 metric tonnes of coal-carrying capacity. Meanwhile, the port is also renovating its old infrastructure. Under the renovation process, berths 11 to 14 have already been rebuilt and the basin was also dredged for accommodating vessels drawing depth of 13m.
BMI View: Karachi Port has 28 general cargo berths and three oil jetties, two of which are already capable of handling 75,000 deadweight tonne (DWT) ships, while the third is being reconstructed to manage 75,000DWT. A dedicated container terminal with a 600m quay length and draft of 11.3m is already functioning at the West Section of the port which is capable of handling 300,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per annum and can accommodate 2,700TEU container ships.