Hutchison Ports Holdings is establishing a regional operation centre (ROC) in Pakistan. The ROC will be based at the new Hutchison Ports Pakistan (HPP) facility in Karachi, which is equipped with advanced container handling systems and a sophisticated in-house terminal management operating system, called nGen. The aim of the in-house ROC concept is to centralise stowage planning delivery for both of the HPH terminals in Pakistan, including HPP and the longer established Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT).
The ROC in Pakistan is scheduled to be fully operational by the end of the year. From this centre, the intention is that shipping operations across HPH’s Asian ports will be monitored and managed by a specialist team.
HPH says it has chosen to develop the ROC in Karachi due to the relatively low operating costs and the ready availability of a young, talented and educated workforce. The location also benefits from less restrictive regulations and a high-quality telecommunication service, as well as strong economic ties with China as part of the One Belt, One Road initiative.
The commissioning of the ROC in Karachi started in the second quarter of 2018 at HPP and will be followed by a similar process covering KICT in the third quarter. Andy Tsoi, Managing Director – Middle East & Africa, Hutchison Ports, says, “We are committed to the continued development of Pakistan and aim to provide local industries with a unique and well-equipped gateway to world markets.”