KARACHI: Steel cutting ceremony of the 17,000 tons fLeet tanker, being built for Pakistan Navy, was held Wednesday at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works.
Rana Tanveer Hussain, Federal Minister for Defence Production, was the chief guest. The ceremony was attended by Ambassador of Turkey, Vice Admiral M Zakaullah, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Murad Bayar, Undersecretary Defence Industries Turkey, Lt Gen (R) Tanvir Tahir, Secretary MoDP, senior Turkish Delegates and other high ranking Civil and military officials from Turkey and Pakistan.
Pakistan Navy’s fleet tanker will primarily provide logistics support to PN units at sea through transfer of liquid and dry cargo. The ship will also be able to undertake anti-submarine and anti-surface vessel operations through embarked helicopters. The same helicopters can also be used for search and rescue operations.
The ship will be fitted with latest medical facilities to provide medical support to PN fleet units as well as during disaster relief operations. The ship will be able to independently operate at sea for prolonged period and is capable to transfer stores at sea.
On the occasion, the chief guest appreciated Karachi Shipyard for being a profit bearing unit of MoDP. He said that during the recent years, KS&EW has delivered various vessels, achieving all construction milestones with international standards of quality.
This reflects the complete revitalization of Karachi Shipyard & Engineering works (KS&EW). On behalf of Government of Pakistan, he assured that all shipbuilding orders would be given to KS&EW to help sustain the progress of this organization. He further said that considering the significance of shipbuilding industry, establishment of a new shipyard with greater ship repair facilities at Gawadar was also under active consideration at the highest level of government and this project would materialize soon.
Earlier MD KS&EW, Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah in his welcome address thanked MoDP (Government of Pakistan), especially, Pakistan Navy for their continued patronage. He highlighted the brotherly relations with Turkey and said that this everlasting friendship now enters a new era as we together undertake this mega project of building the Fleet Tanker.
He further said KS&EW was fully equipped with infrastructure and had highly trained workforce of technicians and engineers who were ready to undertake challenging project of fleet tanker with zeal and energy.