Karachi Port Trust is Handling Petrolium Products on Top Priority
Under the policy guidelines and continuous supervision of the Honourable Minister of Maritime Affairs, Mr Ali Haider Zaidi, KPT issued press release on 16th June to inform that it is meeting the requirements of all the stake holders and Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) through efficient and vigilant handling of incoming oil tankers arriving at the port. OMCs are receiving their respective shipments without any delay on part of the berthing and decanting arrangements. Declaration of Karachi Port Services as essential services by Federal Government and complete support of the Provincial Government in facilitating Port Operations highlights the importance of essential requirement of continuing imports & exports for sustaining daily life and economic activities, especially under the global COVID-19 dilemma. Under these daunting challenges of COVID-19, numerous complications are emerging including petroleum shortages. About 56% petroleum products are imported through shipping berthed at KPT. KPT has instituted proactive measures to enhance its liquid cargo handling capacity. While ensuring Government’s directions for enhanced precautions and reduction in non-essential staff at work to minimise spread of the ongoing pandemic, KPT staff is relentlessly performing to maintain the port operations at its full potential rather more efficiently. More so, under the current petrol crisis situation in the country, KPT is ensuring that no delay takes place on its part in handling of POL carrying ships. KPT has made all possible arrangements for uninterrupted berthing of tankers by using port’s available potential for smooth and quick decanting of POL products without delay by giving priority to MOGAS carrying vessels. KPT management is undertaking all possible efforts to ensure its traditional commitment to serve the nation through uninterrupted supplies, with least costs.