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Secretary Defence Production chairs ceremony for launching of two Pusher Tugs

Islamabad, November 09, 2012 (PPI-OT): Lt Gen ® Shahid Iqbal HI (M) Secretary Defence Production chaired the elegant and impressive ceremony for launching of two Pusher Tugs, constructed for Pakistan Navy at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works Ltd here today. Senior Flag officers, Delegates from friendly countries attending IDEAS 2012 and dignitaries from Maritime Sector, Defence Industries and Pakistan Navy were present. The event was planned to coincide in the IDEAS 2012.

These Pusher Tugs with a displacement of 55 tons can achieve a speed of 10 knots with Bollard Pull of 12 Tons. Its Push bow and fenders have been especially designed for safe handling of submarines in harbour.

The Chief Guest Lt Gen ® Shahid Iqbal HI (M) during his address highlighted significance of the occasion as this is showcasing the capacity and capability of Pakistan in Defence Production, which is the central theme of the ongoing IDEAS 2012. It is indeed a clear manifestation of the indigenization policies of our government and a proud moment for KS and EW.

The Secretary expressed satisfaction on continued success of Karachi Shipyard in achieving major targets of its business plan both in shipbuilding and general engineering projects. This success is attributable to sound planning of the management and relentless efforts of its work force.

Earlier in his welcome address, Rear Admiral Hasan Nasir Shah SI (M), Managing Director Karachi Shipyard informed that these Tugs have been indigenously built at KS and EW with international quality standards and KS and EW has achieved complete self sufficiency for construction of such vessels. In last 02 years KS and EW has delivered 4 of such vessels taking total tally to 19 tugs made at KSEW. He also thanked MVRDE for entrusting KSEW for construction of 15 Bridge erection boats for Pakistan Navy.

Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Projects), Rear Admiral Abdul Aleem SI (M), while addressing the ceremony said that Karachi Shipyard has always been the main support for Pakistan Navy Fleet for new construction as well as repair of ships. Today’s event is also the continuation of its long lasting commitment with Pakistan Navy. In recognition of the commendable support, Pakistan Navy also entrusted Karachi Shipyard with F22P Frigate, FAC-M No 2, 32 Ton Bollard Pull Tug and Multipurpose Barge construction projects.

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