Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Departments: Civil, Urban & Infrastructure, Construction
Much like the first visit to South Asian Pakistan Terminal we were very excited for this one as well. We departed NED at 09:30 p.m. and reached the site at around half past 10. Once again we were met by the welcoming admin staff of SAPT that included Engr. Mr. Zohaib, Engr. Mr. Kazim, and Sr. Project Engineer Civil Mr. Mujeeb Ahmed and some very experienced staff members. Refreshments were served and they briefed us about their operations.
The intro session took place in the admin block which has the control rooms and also includes a complete model of the terminal. The computerized control rooms are crucial in all their operations as they maximize efficiency which increases productivity. The Ship-to-Shore/Shore-to-Ship cranes that are operated can work up to 10-11 hours and they recently made a world record of handling 2200 containers in a time of an hour which is a tremendous feat.
Next, we moved towards the terminal where the students were able to witness all the operations being carried out. They also witnessed the docking of a ship at SAPT, which was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them. The experienced civil engineers were able to brief future civil engineers about the construction and structures of the terminal, and also explained the used of modern techniques they deployed to make the perfect foundations. The draft of SAPT is 16 meters and has a turning radius of 1km, enough to cater mother vessels, along with 2 berths which are operated by 8 STS cranes in phase1. Also the key wall separating the terminal and water is 60 meters in depth and has fenders as shock absorbers.
We are extremely thankful to SAPT for this incredible visit and we look forward to more opportunities that would bridge the gap between students and the industry.
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