A new route has been launched between Hamad Port and the Port of Karachi in Pakistan Mwani Qatar announced on Sunday. Hamad port welcomed today the container vessel Libra, marking the first call of the weekly direct service. The new service is under PGS (Pakistan Gulf service) provided by Wan Hai line in partnership with Simatech Shipping.
The new ship route will boost trade relations between Qatar and Pakistan. Further the route will offer secure solutions and will be faster for importers and exporters from both countries with a transit time of only 6 days from Hamad Port to Karachi and 8 days in turn. The Wan Hai and Simatech Shipping lines plan to operate two vessels of 1200 TEUs on the new route with one ship for each one.
With the help of their extensive services which also include ports in Asia, Europe and USA, exporters and importers will be able to ship their goods regularly to and from Qatar via Karachi.
Director of Hamad Port Abdul Aziz al Yafei said regarding the new route that “we are delighted to announce the inauguration of Hamad Port-Karachi new service. The new line will be an important addition to the previously launched lines, which are part of the strategy to stabilize domestic market and transform Hamad Port into a transshipment hub in the region.”
“The new shipping line provides more options for customers, exporters and importers from both countries, covering a new important ports from around the world, which will play an important role in supporting trade between Qatar and its partners of the world.” He further added.
Mwani Qatar officials have said that the new shipping line strengthens the objectives of the independence of Hamad Port by receiving containers and goods directly from its sources, within the framework of the Ministry of Transport and Communications plan aimed at strengthening Hamad Port status regionally and internationally.
Director Abdul further added that the new route comes within the framework of a comprehensive plan aimed at eliminating the dependency on intermediate ports by 100 percent, adding that Mwani Qatar as the exclusive operator of the state’s commercial and touristic ports is implementing this plan in cooperation with its partners from around the globe, which will support economic diversification and contribute to Achieve Qatar National Vision 2030.