The maiden call of CV COSCOBELGIUM at Hutchison Ports Pakistan is quite welcoming. It is the biggest, largest container vessel to ever call at any port of Pakistan. The overall length of the vessel is 366 meters and its capacity is of 13,386 TEUs.
In the EPC 2 service, the CV COSCO BELGIUM is deployed. At 14:00 hours on 19th December 2019, the vessels sailed handling 1537 moves during her stay.
General Manager and Head of Business Unit, Hutchison Ports Pakistan Captain Syed Rashid Jamil said, “The arrival of the CV COSCO BELGIUM to Pakistanis a matter of great pride for us as we are the only terminal in the country with the capacity and the state-of-the-art equipment required to berth and handle a vessel of this size.”
Adding, “We would like to thank our partners COSCO for helping us accomplish yet another historic milestone.”
In Pakistan, Hutchison Ports Pakistan is the only container that has a depth of 16.5 meters. The port can accommodate large size mega-ships. There are 11 remote-controlled quay cranes and 31 rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGC) at the terminal.
It is operated by nGen, Hutchison Ports’ terminal control system. The first and only deep-water port of Pakistan is capable of berthing the largest container vessel in the world. It has entered the second phase of expansion.
Once it is expanded it will enhance its installed capacity to 3.4 million containers of 20-foot length each by the end of 2020 in comparison to its current 1.5 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units).
The deep-water port is situated at the Karachi Port Trust (KPT). It is Hutchison Port Holdings of Hong Kong’s subsidiary. KPT is a partner in the project.