KARACHI, May. 19 (APP)- Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works
(KS&EW) here on Friday held the keel laying ceremony of its 32 Tons
Bollard Pull (BP) Tug being built for Pakistan Navy.
Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff
(Projects), the chief guest on the occasion cited it to be another
leap towards promotion of an indigenous and self reliant ship building
sector in the country.
The Tug with a 34 meter overall length, displacement of 481 tons
coupled with a maximum speed of 12 knots, is also fitted with a very
robust fendering arrangement for tugging operations of almost all
sizes of ships and craft.
Deputy Chief of Naval Staff appreciated KS&EW for achieving the
important milestone and said that construction of 32 tons BP Tug is
indeed a clear manifestation of PN vision to pursue self reliance in
He acknowledged all out support of Ministry of Defence Production
and strenuous efforts of Karachi Shipyard towards attaining this goal.
Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini said Pakistan Navy is pursuing
new inductions of platforms with focus on indegenisation and is
continuously awarding contracts to KS&EW for construction of ships.
This will not only ensure timely availability of required ships
for PN but will also go a long way in consolidating the shipbuilding
industry in Pakistan, he said.
Earlier, Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah, MD KS&EW in his
welcome address said that a similar vessel was delivered to PN in 2014
which is performing exceptionally good.
He also gave a brief outlook of ongoing projects and said that
presently KS&EW is undertaking 9 x shipbuilding projects which
includes Fleet tanker for PN, MPVs for Pakistan Maritime Agency, Fast
Attack Craft (Missile), Multi Purpose Barge for PN and Bridge Erection
Boats for Pak Army.
MD KS&EW also thanked Ministry of Defence Production (Government
of Pakistan) and especially Pakistan Navy for reposing confidence in
The ceremony was attended by high ranking officials representing
federal and provincial governments, Pakistan Navy, corporate sector
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