Karachi, August 19, 2016 (PPI-OT): A 17000 tons Fleet Tanker for Pakistan Navy was launched today in an impressive ceremony held at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering works (KS and EW). Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Mohammad Nawaz Sharif graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah and Under Secretary for Defence Industries of Turkey Prof Dr Ismaeel Demir were also present during the ceremony.
The contract of Fleet Tanker was signed under the auspices of Ministry of Defence Production and the ship is being constructed at KS and EW, in collaboration with Turkish Ship building firm M/s Savunma Teknologiler Muhendisilik (STM). The ship is capable of independently operating at sea for upto 3 months. The double hull tanker is compliant with latest International Maritime Organization (IMO) and marine Pollution (MARPOL) regulations. It will provide logistics support to Pakistan Navy units at sea through transfer of liquid and dry cargo and is also capable of undertaking combat support operation through embarked helicopters. The ship is also equipped with modern medical facilities to support Pakistan Navy Fleet units, both during war and disaster relief operations.
On the occasion, the honourable Chief Guest congratulated Karachi Shipyard, Pakistan Navy and Ministry of Defence Production for launching the ship 2 months ahead of the schedule. He said that this initiative will certainly open more opportunities for further collaboration between Pakistan and Turkey in the field of indigenous warship construction in particular, and other defence sector products in general. He reiterated that Pakistan and Turkey are time tested friends and PN Fleet Tanker will always be remembered as a ‘beacon of Pakistan-Turkey friendship’. It will play a vital role towards achievement of self-reliance in defence production, and the government will continue to support the policy of indigenization in all technological spheres.
He further said that ongoing development programs of the Government of Pakistan including China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) stipulate our aim to achieve maximum output in terms of regional trade and trans-shipment with Gwadar as the focal point. He appreciated the workforce and management of Karachi Shipyard, which has constantly performed and transformed KS and amp;EW into a profitable and viable organization. ‘It is a success story in public sector which should be emulated by other similar organizations’, He said.
Earlier, MD KS and amp;EW Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah during his welcome address said that this Fleet Tanker is the biggest warship ever built in Pakistan. He said that KS and amp;EW has successfully constructed number of warships for Pakistan Navy in the past and it is fully geared-up to undertake more challenging projects with earnest zeal and energy.
Pakistan Navy has reposed its confidence in KS and amp;EW by awarding mega order for construction of 4 submarines at KS and EW in collaboration with China. He also said that KS and amp;EW is also undertaking installation of 8,000 tons Ship Lift and amp; Transfer System, which will not only enhance KS and EW’s combined capacity of shipbuilding and repairs, but will also significantly increase our revenue generation and creation of more jobs.
Besides Federal Ministers, Chief Minister Sindh, Governor Sindh, Foreign Consul Generals, civilian and military officials also attended the ceremony.
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