ICTSI’s Pakistan port launch Gulf cargo route

Published July 29, 2020, 10:00 PM

by James A. Loyola

Pakistan International Container Terminal Services (PICT), a unit of International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), has received the inaugural call of the newly launched UAE-Indian Subcontinent-Gulf service (UIG) at the Port of Karachi.

In a statement, ICTSI said the UIG feeder service, a joint initiative between Abu Dhabi Ports’ Safeen Feeders and Singapore-based Bengal Tiger Line, covers two loops from the United Arab Emirates to the Indian subcontinent and the upper Gulf region.

It strengthens the connection between the East and West trade hubs and significantly enhances the region’s global competitiveness.

The service is operated by three 2,800 nominal vessels and connects nine regional ports across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Pakistan and West India. 

“PICT welcomes the UIG service, a joint collaboration of Bengal Tiger Lines & Safeen Feeders.  We appreciate this new partnership and look forward to adding value to their product by offering quality services leading to enhanced future growth,” said PICT Chief Executive Officer Khurram Khan.

With the new service, PICT’s customers will have additional direct port coverage for their cargo between Bahrain and Kandla.

PICT holds the 21-year concession for the construction, development, operation and management of the common user container terminal at Karachi Port.

The preferred terminal for Indian subcontinent trade routes, PICT has excellent connections to Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Western Asia hinterlands.