600 Tons Maritime Patrol Vessel being made for Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) launching ceremony took place at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW) where Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi , Chief of the Naval Staff was the Chief Guest. Several high ranking officials from Government of Pakistan, Pakistan Navy, China Shipbuilding & Trading Company and KS&EW were present at the occasion as well.
The 600 Tons Maritime Patrol Vessel is a state of the art, multi-mission vessel having steel hull and aluminum super structure with 68.5 m length, 8.7 m breath and it has the ability to achieve a top speed of 27 knots. It is perfectly equipped to enforce maritime security, search and rescue missions in Pakistan’s maritime exclusive economic zone. It is built with technical collaboration of China Shipbuilding & Trading Company (CSTC).
Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi congratulated Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works, CSTC (China) and PMSA at the occasion on achieving this vital milestone. It is yet another land mark project that shows much about the evergreen Pak-China friendship, he stated.
Responsibilities of Pakistan Navy and PMSA in particular have increased much more since the CPEC started and extension in EEZ, he said.
CPEC will transform Pakistan into a regional economic hub, the chief guest noted. Maritime sector alone can double or even triple Pakistan’s GDP, he added. He also urged various strata of society to support in the development of the ship building and maritime sector.