Info-B minister Faraz gets briefed on port operations

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – May 14, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The information and broadcasting (Info-B) minister Shibli Faraz called on maritime affairs (MA) minister, Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Wednesday, whereby he was briefed about new projects the ministry is working on with a special focus on port operations during COVID-19 (coronavirus).

According to an official statement, MA ministry at the onset of the pandemic took drastic measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in its organisations while keeping the ports operational 24/7.

The minister was briefed about the record handling of 140 ships by port Qasim authority (PQA) during the month of March despite the fact that regional ports had already started to close their operations in panic.

In addition to the strict compliance of preventive measures at the ports as per the guidelines laid by the world health organisation (WHO) and national health services (NHS) ministry, Info-B minister Faraz was made acquainted with the paid leaves granted to daily wagers hence prioritising employment and sustenance along with prevention in these tested times.

The Minister also lauded the waiver of demurrage charges at the Karachi port and extension of port free time from five to 15 days hence facilitating the importers and exporters when the country was under lockdown.

MA minister Zaidi also shed light on the robust feedback mechanism established by him after taking oath for the resolution of complaints and receiving suggestions.

This has helped to resolve 90 percent of the issues faced by seafarers and helped bring shipping office in order by bringing administrative changes.

Info-B minister Faraz was also briefed about the e-filing system and MA ministry going paperless.