Port of Karachi

The Port of Karachi (Urdu: کراچی بندرگاہ Bandar gāh Karāchī) is one of South Asia's largest and busiest deep-water seaports, handling about 60% of the nation's cargo (25 million tons per annum) located in Karachi, Pakistan. It 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.


The history of the port is intertwined with that of the city of Karachi. Several ancient ports have been attributed in the area including "Krokola", "Morontobara" (Woman's Harbour) (mentioned by Nearchus),Barbarikon (the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, and Debal (a city captured by the Muslim general Muhammad bin Qasim in 712 CE). There is a reference to the early existence of the port of Karachi in the "Umdah", by the Arab navigator Sulaiman al Mahri (AD 1511), who mentions "Ras al Karazi" and "Ras Karashi" while describing a route along the coast from Pasni to Ras Karashi. Karachi is also mentioned in the sixteenth century Turkish treatise Mir'ât ül Memâlik (Mirror of Countries, 1557) by the Ottoman captain Seydi Ali Reis, which is a compilation of sailing directions from the Portuguese island of Diu to Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. It warns sailors about whirlpools and advises them to seek safety in "Kaurashi" harbour if they found themselves drifting dangerously. There is a legend of a prosperous coastal town called Kharak in the estuary of the Hub River (west of modern Karachi) in the late 17th and early eighteenth century.

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Karachi DHA barred from land reclamation

Dawn 24 Oct 2021
Also as per the counsel, on account of such a massive reclaiming exercise, serious danger to Karachi ports was in the offing as underground sand was tilting towards the port, reducing water depth and requiring continuous dredging, while no study on affects of suspended sediments had ever been undertaken by the official defendants, the court noted....

Ships of the Black Sea Fleet will take part in the AMAN-2021 international exercise in the water area of the Pakistani port of Karachi (Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation)

Public Technologies 10 Dec 2020
A planning conference on the participation of the Navy in the international exercise AMAN-2021, which will be held in February 2021 in the water area of the Pakistani port of Karachi, was held in Sevastopol online. The initiators of practicing joint actions were the Naval ......

Port of Karachi bans open-loop scrubbers

Splash24/7 22 Jan 2020
The Port of Karachi in Pakistan has become the latest authority to ban discharging washwater from open-loop scrubbers ... The Port of Karachi’s ban shortly ......