Handing over ceremony of 32-ton Bollard Pull Tug held

KARACHI: Handing over ceremony of 32-ton Bollard Pull Tug built for Pakistan Navy was held at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) here on Monday.

Vice Admiral Shafqat Jawed, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, was the chief guest.

Addressing the ceremony as the chief guest, Vice Admiral Shafqat Jawed, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, said that self-reliance had been at the forefront of Pakistan Navy policies and in this context, Pakistan Navy had always extended full support to Karachi Shipyard to make rapid progress towards indigenization.

He appreciated the recent performance of Karachi Shipyard and said that four vessels, including F 22P Frigate had been delivered during last year, meeting the contractual time line and quality standards.

This is a testimony to the fact that Karachi Shipyard is successful in its mission and contributing towards national economy and defence of the country.

Earlier, MD Karachi Shipyard, Rear Admiral, Syed Hasan Nasir Shah, in his welcome address said that Karachi Shipyard had already constructed various tugs ranging from 10 to 40 tons Bollard Pull, but construction of this Tug was distinct due to very different design and state of art equipment and machinery to facilitate multi-purpose operations.

He mentioned that all contractual milestones for this tug were completed well in advance of schedule time. He gave a brief account of the progress of Karachi Shipyard and highlighted the projects being undertaken, which include 17000-ton Fleet Tanker, Fast Attack Craft Missile, one 12-ton bollard pull pusher tug and 22 bridge erection boats for Pak Army.

He highlighted that Ship Repairs Division of Karachi Shipyard was also rendering valuable services of docking and repairs to PN, KPT, PQA and foreign vessels as well.

The tug has 34 meter overall length with displacement of 481 tons. It has maximum speed of 12 knots and Bollard Pull of 32 Tons. It is fitted with a very strong arrangement for all round tugging operations for almost all sizes of ships and crafts.

The ceremony was also attended by high ranking officials and dignitaries from South Korea, Pakistan Navy, government authorities and Karachi Shipyard.

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