KARACHI: Launching Ceremony of 32 Tons Bollard Pull (BP) tug built for Pakistan Navy was held at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW) here on Friday. The ceremony was attended by high ranking officials from the federal government, Pakistan Navy, corporate sector and KS&EW.
KS&EW has so far constructed 23 tugs ranging from 10-40 Tons BP for its customers. Currently, two 32 tons BP tugs are under construction. This tug is 34 meters in length, with the displacement of 481 tons and a maximum speed of 12 knots.
The chief guest lieutenant general (retd) Ijaz Chaudry in his address appreciated Pakistan Navy and KS&EW for their valuable contribution towards attaining the goal of self-reliance in shipbuilding. He said that the successful and timely delivery of a number of vessels with varying sizes and capacities including similar 32 Tons BP tugs by KS&EW has made all of us confident. While highlighting the importance of China Pakistan Economic Corridor, he announced that the prime minister has approved the establishment of a new shipyard at Gwadar which will soon be realized.
Earlier KSEW Managing Director Rear Admiral Hasan Nasir Shah HI(M) in his welcome address said that this project is being executed with self-sufficiency in all phases of its construction, with no foreign technical assistance.
He also briefed about other shipbuilding projects which are simultaneously being constructed at KS&EW. He said that KS&EW’s General Engineering Department has recently constructed 9 overhead cranes for Pakistan Railways. Besides that, 50 sugar mill rollers during this season were also made, he added.
Lastly, He expressed his profound gratitude for Ministry of Defence Production and Pakistan Navy for their continued support and patronage.