Importance of the
as one of the World’s strategic
gateway, can be borne by the historical facts as we go back to the times of the
invasion / exodus of Alexander The Great. Port of Karachi
The geo political situation in the sub continent and the
also population migration in the 30s and 40s drove many entrepreneurs of those
times to cross the distance barriers. The southern ports of Cutch and Gujrat
were vital links of the Karachi Port and Seth Hosainbhai Aboolally, the Head of
Bandukwala Family who were
established in the city since 1885, built with local expertise cargo cum
passenger ship SS Haydri at BABA Island ( Karachi).
This vessel actively traded on the West Coast India route till 1944. After a
short gap Karachi Steam Navigation Company Ltd. (KSNCL) was registered in Karachi with their first
vessel “Pakistan Progress” which had the honour to fly Pakistan Flag for the
first time in far away ports. This was followed by delivery in UK of “Pakistan Prosperity” in 1950 at the hands
of Wife of High Commissioner Begum Rehmatullah in the presence of Lord Mayor of
Pakistan Promoter, Pakistan Progress, Pakistan
Protector joined the fleet to establish and consolidate the vital sea trade
between Karachi and then East Pakistan ports of Chittagong, Chalna. KSNCL
also successfully competed the then dominance of British India (BI) fleet both
on the coastal and the Persian Gulf routes.
KSNCL also provided a much needed link with Gwadar
Port for export of dry fish to Colombo.