Karachi Port Trust (KPT) is a Pakistani
federal government agency that oversees the operations of the Port of Karachi
in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Between 1880 and 1887, the port was administered
by the Karachi Harbour Board. The Karachi Port Trust was then established
by the Act IV of 1886, effective from 1 April 1887.
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is located between the Karachi towns of Kiamari and Saddar, close to the
main business district and several industrial areas. The geographic position
of the port places it in close proximity to major shipping routes such as
the Strait of Hormuz. The administration of the port is carried out by the
Karachi Port Trust, which was established in the nineteenth century.
Karachi due to its geographical and
strategic location is known as the gateway to Asia. By 1852, Karachi was
an established city with a population of about 14,000 with a prosperous
trade in over-seas markets
The Karachi Port is administered by
a Board of Trustees, comprising Chairperson and 10 Trustees. The Chairperson
is appointed by the Federal Government and is also the Chief Executive of
Karachi Port Trust.
The port comprises a deep natural harbor
with an 11 kilometer long approach channel which provides safe navigation
for vessels up to 75,000 tonnes deadweight (DWT). The main areas of port
activity are two wharves; East Wharf with seventeen vessel berths and West
Wharf with thirteen vessel berths. The maximum depth alongside the berths
is currently 11.3 metres. The two wharves extend in opposite directions
along the upper harbor – the East Wharf northeast from Kiamari Island and
the West Wharf southwest from Saddar town.