Islamabad, January 22, 2013 (PPI-OT): Contract for construction of Fleet Tanker (Logistic Support Ship) for Pakistan Navy was signed between Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP), Pakistan and M/s STM of Turkey on 22 Jan 2013 in Rawalpindi.
The contract has been signed by Director General Munitions Productions Rear Admiral Imtiaz Ahmed SI(M) on behalf of the Government of Pakistan and Ms. Elife Unal, Chairperson of the Board of M/s STM and the Department Head of Electronics Warfare and Sensors programmes in SSM on behalf of M/s STM, Turkey.
The main highlights of the project are that, design of the ship along with kit of Matrial (KoM) will be provided by M/s STM and the complete construction/assembly activities will be undertaken at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works Ltd (KS and EW). Ship construction is a strategic industry, infact no country has gained the status of a developed country without the development of the shipbuilding industry and trained manpower in this field.
Therefore, construction Fleet Tanker at KS and EW will not only enhance ship construction (tanker) capacity/expertise of the KS and EW but will also help in developing its human resource to meet the future challenges of warship design and construction. Local downstream industry, in the long run will also benefit from the ship construction in the form of procurement of construction consumables by KS and EW from the local market.
The Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works is already constructing ships/craft for PN, however, this is the first time in the history of Pakistan that KS and EW will build a Fleet Tanker/Logistics Support Ship at its facilities. Construction of the Fleet Tanker is in line with Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila NI (M), Chief of the Naval Staff’s vision of achieving self reliance and indigenization of defence equipment. The tanker with its modern design and state of the art capabilities will significantly enhance PN’s Fleet combat prowess and logistic stamina.
KS and EW has three main business areas: building military and civil vessels, ship repair and heavy engineering. It builds vessels for all of Pakistan’s port authorities. Since inception in the 1950s the yard has built around 440 different vessels and is equipped build large vessels, such as naval vessels, tugs, dredgers, hopper barges, ferries, trawlers and launches.
Ship repair is a major part of KS and EW’s undertakings and the company has so far repaired more than 5,000 domestic and international vessels. In order to enhance the capacity and capability for shipbuilding and repair, KS and EW is installing a ship lift and transfer system, which is due to be completed by the current year.
The partnership in the field of defence production speaks volume of the relations enjoyed by two countries. Pakistan and Turkey have long-standing strategic ties. Both brotherly Muslim countries have time-tested relations. Today’s ceremony was prestigious, bringing further closer the two countries.
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