Karachi Port Trust
Karachi Port Trust is a Pakistani federal government agency
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 that oversees the operations of the Port of Karachi
Port of Karachi
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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.

Karachi due to its geographical and strategic location is known as the gateway to Asia. Considered as a safe Harbor since time immemorial, Karachi was a small fishing village in early Nineteenth Century. Historians identify it with its proximity to a place from where a part of Alexander's Army, boarded the Greek Flotilla in 326 B.C.

The first mention of Karachi as a port is found in an Arabic treatise 'Muhit' on navigation relating to the West Coast of India and the Persian Gulf. Written in 1558, this treatise warns the sailors of whirlpools and advises them to seek safety in Karachi Harbor if they found themselves drifting dangerously.

It is also significant to mention that the first Muslim Conqueror of India, Mohammad Bin Qasim, landed at Daibal, in vicinity of Karachi in 711 A.D. Karachi also has the distinction of being the birth place of the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and was the first capital of Pakistan till 1963. It is now the largest city with a bustling and ever increasing population of over ten million.

By 1852, Karachi was an established city with a population of about 14,000 with a prosperous trade in over-seas markets. However, the existing Port started taking shape in 1854, when the projects of dredging the main navigable channel and the construction of a mole or causeway joining the main harbor with the rest of the city were undertaken. About 5 years later, construction of Manora Breakwater, Keamari Groyne, the Napier Mole Bridge, Native Jetty and the Chinna Creek were started which gave initial shape to the port.

The construction of the wharves started in 1882, and by 1914 the East Wharves and the Napier Mole Boat Wharf had been completed. During the period between 1927 and 1944, the West Wharves of the Port, the lighterage berths and the ship-repairing berths were constructed. Most of these facilities were obsolete by the time Pakistan came into existence in 1947. Since then, the port administration has embarked on extensive development of the port on modern lines.

At the time of independence in 1947, the Port capacity was about 1.5 million tons of dry cargo and 1.0 million tons of P.O.L. products per annum. Karachi Port is now handling over 11.74 million tons of liquid cargo and 25.45 million tons of dry cargo, including 1,213,744 TEUs which constitute about 60% of import/ export of the country.


The Karachi Port is administered by a Board of Trustees, composed of a Chairman and 10 Trustees. The chairman is appointed by the Federal Government and is also the Chief Executive of the Karachi Port Trust. The remaining 10 Trustees are equally distributed between the public and the private sector. The five public sector Trustees are nominated by the Federal Government. The seats for private sector Trustees are filled by elected representatives of various private sector organizations. This way, all port users can find a representation in the Board of Trustees.

Currently the role of chairman has been taken over by Mrs. Nasreen Haque.

Managing Executives


General Manager (Administration)

General Manager (Finance)

General Manager (Operations)

General Manager (Planning & Development)

General Manager (Engineering)

General Manager (Civil Works/Engg.)

Deputy General Manager (Operations)

Secretary, Karachi Port Trust

Heads of Departments

Manager (Management Information Systems)

Traffic Manager

Deputy Conservator

Chief Accounts Officer

Chief Mech. & Elect. Engineer

Manager Finance

Chief Engineer

Chief Internal Auditor

Manager Coordination

Project Manager (Planning)

Project Manager (East)

Project Manager (West)

Project Manager (Mechanical)

Chief Medical Officer

Manager (O&M)

Manager (IR&W)

Manager Stores

Manager (Human Resources)

Manager (Training and Education)

Estate Manager

Commandant Port Security Force

Manager, Pollution Control

Manager Port Safety

Port Intelligence Officer
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