Friday, 07 March 2014 19:54:13
Building of PN fleet tanker starts at KSEW
KARACHI, Mar 7 (APP): The building of Pakistan Navy (PN)
fleet tanker began at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW)
here on Friday.
The keel laying ceremony of this 17,000 ton fleet tanker was held
at KSEW.Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral, Muhammad Asif Sandila
was the chief guest, said a press release.
The fleet tanker is being built by KSEW in collaboration with
Savurma Teknologileri Muhendislik (STM) of Turkey.The Tanker
will provide logistics support to PN units at sea through
transfer of dry and liquid cargoes.
The ship can also undertake anti-submarine and anti-surface
vessel operations through embarked helicopters.
The ship can independently operate at sea for three months and
will be equipped with latest medical facilities to provide
limited medical support to PN units as well as during disaster
Sandila said the construction of this platform is a
manifestation of PN vision and commitment to pursue self-reliance
in warship construction.
While commending the foundations of Pakistan-Turkey
friendship, he said " our bonds are secure and strong."
The dictates of contemporary world, however, demand that we
further expand our horizon and diversify our relations to include
greater economic and military cooperation, he added.
He said that there is great potential to further exploit the
avenues of mutual interest.Fleet tanker project is a true
manifestation of this very resolve of both the governments.
Naval Chief hopeful that this tanker will become the
lifeline of PN fleet and continue to support it for many decades
Earlier, KSEW's Managing Director apprised the audience that
Karachi Shipyard has great capacity of ships building as it is
fully equipped with infrastructure and highly trained manpower
to undertake more challenging projects like fleet tanker.
He also highlighted that in last two years KSEW has paid over
Rs 300 million taxes and made a record profit of over Rs 500 million
in fiscal year 2012-13.
Karachi Shipyard can meet all shipbuilding and ship repair
requirements of national maritime sector and is committed to
achieve the goal of self-reliance in the shipbuilding and ship
The ceremony was attended by Turkish Ambassador,
representatives of defence ministry, board members of STM and
senior naval officers.