HPH to open Pakistan terminal after 5-year delay

Singapore-based container port operator Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) is set to launch the operation of its second terminal in Pakistan before the end of 2016.

The operations at one of the deepest terminals in the region would be launched after a five-year delay, providing access of mega vessels to Karachi.

Initially scheduled to start operations in 2011, a slowdown in road construction and dredging caused a number of delays at the terminal.

Although the majority of work at the site was completed, there are still some dredging and road works left to be finalized before the launching.

South Asia Pakistan Terminals would be capable of handling up to 1.7 million TEUs annually.

Hutchison’s port is reportedly set to start operations at the terminal in the last week of October and will aim to handle 250,000 TEUs in the first year.

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