Giant cargo ship stuck off Karachi coast

09:19 PM | 22 Jul, 2021
Giant cargo ship stuck off Karachi coast

A cargo ship stuck at Karachi's Sea View early on Wednesday after it lost its anchors due to rough weather remained at the beach for second consecutive day as authorities have refused to free it.

According to the Karachi Port Trust (KPT), MV Heng Tong, a cargo ship coming from Shanghai was heading to Turkey, was anchored in Pakistan’s territorial waters for a crew change and it never entered in the KPT Harbor.

“Due to extreme rough weather, the vessel lost anchors and started drifting towards shallow waters in the early hours of the morning,” the port authority said in a series of tweets.

The KPT then informed the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PSMA) which could not provide much help to it.

The harbour's navigation channel was not impacted by the ship, said the KPT.

It added, “Salvaging of the vessel is the responsibility of the Ship owner. All consequential marine & environmental damages will be on account of the owner”.

The KPT further said that operational and technical assistance is available to the owner of the ship.

The ship, which is 98 meters in length is owned by a Hong Kong-based company.

Several residents of Karachi have thronged to the Sea View after the news about the ship went viral.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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