Karachi: Hutchison Ports Pakistan, the country’s first deep-water container terminal, has received the first call of the Hyundai Splendour, the largest container ship to have ever visited the terminal.
During the 8,600-TEU vessel’s stay, the terminal set a new productivity record for Karachi, handling 3,191 moves in just over 23 hours, or 140.18 moves per hour. A¬¬ total of 4,296 TEUs were handled.
The terminal operator broke its own previous record of 129 container moves per hour, achieved during the call of the 6,200 TEU MSC Lucy on 17 January 2017. The port has already broken its productivity record twice since starting test operations on 9 December 2016.
“We are happy with the way things are progressing at the terminal,” said CEO Captain Rashid Jamil. “This ship marks the beginning of a new era for mega vessels calling at Pakistan. We have broken our own previous productivity record within a short span of time which shows that we are succeeding in bringing the efficiencies we had aimed for. We will continue to do so in the future as well.”