Pakistan Expecting Investment In Port Infrastructure By Global Shipping Giant Maersk

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Pakistan is looking forward to an investment from a Denmark-based global shipping giant, AP Moller–Maersk (Maersk. The money will be invested in its port terminal and infrastructure. This was said by the Pakistani maritime affairs minister. It came amid growing global interest in Pakistani ports.

The statement comes more than a week after Maersk Chief Executive Officer Keith Svendsen’s visit to Pakistan. During the meeting, he met top officials to explore opportunities in Pakistan’s maritime sector.

Maritime Affairs Minister Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh told Arab News the Danish shipping firm was looking towards investing in a terminal. Also, a port as well as allied infrastructure, including connecting bridges.

“We had very good discussions with them and they had shown eagerness and told us that they will submit a proposal in a few days,” he said. “They want to take a terminal. There a few areas where there is depth in the sea, where big ships can be anchored.”

Maersk has grown into a major provider of logistics and supply-chain services across Pakistan. It has around 20 percent market share in Pakistan’s containerized import-export trade. This is according to Pakistan’s information ministry. In January, the Danish shipping firm announced new smart logistics and warehouse facilities in China, Norway, and Pakistan.

Pakistani Shipping Ripe for Investment

“With a vast network of warehousing and depot facilities across the country. These include our flagship logistics hub in Port Qasim, Karachi. The port is a sprawling 27-acre complex encompassing over 650,000 square feet of warehouse space. Also, we ensure unparalleled support to Pakistani exporters and importers,” the shipping company said in a written response to Arab News.

“In total, Maersk now operates over a 1.5 million square feet footprint across 7 cities in Pakistan. This investment would enhance that. Moreover, ”Sheikh said many companies were interested in investing in the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) despite the limited space available there.

“We have limited space available in KPT and many, including foreign, companies are taking interest in it. In addition, particularly in the deep-water areas where water depth is high and we have the location,” he said.“The point is that there is a lot of interest in Pakistan’s port right now because they are seeing this as a global hub for transshipment and they will also run the feeder vessels in the Gulf from here.”

Also answering a question about a visiting Saudi delegation, the maritime affairs minister said “There are many breakthroughs” during the visit. “They are looking for areas of mutual interest which both sides can benefit from,” he added.

The South Asian nation has already signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi (AD) Ports Group which is investing about $395 million for the development of a container and cargo terminal under a government-to-government (G2G) agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan.

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