Two New Patrol Boats for Pakistan Customs
Pakistan Customs has taken delivery of two Damen Stan Patrol 1605 FRP patrol boats. The handover ceremony took place on March 10 at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Ltd (KS&EW). The celebrationwas attended by distinguished guests including Dr Miftah Ismail, advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs, Mr. Iftikhar Ahmed, Collector Pakistan Customs, Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah, Managing Director of KS&EWand Mrs. ArdiStoios-Braken, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
China Hands Over Third Patrol Ship to Pakistan
China has handed a 600-ton patrol ship over to Pakistan’s maritime safety authority in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, PTI reported. The new ship, just the third of its kind, was built by China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd. (CSTC) and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Xijiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Among other things, the ship will be used to safeguard Pakistan’s maritime interests, People’s Daily reported. Its two predecessors have already demonstrated their reliability and excellent performance during visits and exchanges…
Tokyo MOU: Concentrated Inspection Campaign On Safety Of Navigation
The concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on safety of navigation was carried out in the Tokyo MoU region from 1 September 2017 to 30 November 2017. Within the campaign, Tokyo MOU member Authorities verified vital points of compliance in accordance with SOLAS Ch. V on all types of foreign merchant ships. During the CIC, member Authorities inspected a total of 6,720 vessels, of which 36 (0.54%) were detained as a direct result of the campaign. In total 157 (2.34%) ships were detained during the campaign.
OOCL Introduces China Pakistan Express 3
Following its announcement of the China Pakistan Express 2 (CPX2) last week, Orient Overseas Container Line Limited (OOCL) is all set to introduce the China Pakistan Express 3 (CPX3), another new Intra-Asia service to expand its product portfolio by providing a more comprehensive service network connecting the markets of India and Pakistan. The CPX3 provides additional sailing frequency from Central China to Mundra and strategically expands its service coverage in Pakistan. "Together with the CPX2…
Business As Usual At All PAK Ports
All operations are being carried out smoothly, with no delays or disruption, at Pakistan's sea ports (Karachi and Port Bin Qasim), despite the attacks on Karachi Airport over the past two days. Normal operations have now resumed at the airport. Security measures in and around the sea ports have been enhanced by the concerned authorities. For information about operations in Pakistan, contact GAC Pakistan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pak-China Frigate Launched
Pakistan's Naval Chief Admiral Muhammad Afzal Tahir Monday performed launching of first of four F-22P frigates is constructing for Pakistan Navy. The launch ceremony was attended by a high-ranking delegation from Pakistan Navy, Ambassador Source: Pakistan Link
Pakistan Awards Offshore Oil License
Pakistan granted an offshore oil and gas exploration licence on Friday to a consortium led by the state-run Government Holding Private Ltd (GHPL), according to a report on www.thepeninsulaqatar.com. Under the concession the company and its five Pakistani and foreign partners will spend $18m to drill an exploration well in the Indus E Block off the coast of Sindh province in 2006, the Ministry of Petroleum said in a statement. The block, covering an area of 7,389.95 sq km, is about 150km off the coast of Karachi in water more than 1,000 metres (3,280 feet) deep, it said. The other companies in the GHPL-led consortium — Shell Development and Offshore Pakistan…
APL Strengthens Asia-Europe Service Network
APL today announced the launch of a new weekly service - the India Pakistan Europe (IPE) Service, directly connecting the key South Asian markets of India and Pakistan to major ports in Europe. The new IPE service builds on APL’s strong market presence and local expertise in India and Pakistan to enhance its Asia-Europe service offerings. “Europe is a premier trading partner and a major export market of South Asian countries. It is opportune that we expand our service coverage in Asia-Europe through the new IPE service, directly linking the major economies of India and Pakistan to Europe.
Pakistan Navy Adds to Fleet
The inventory of Pakistan Navy is being strengthened while measures are being taken to make the navy a potent force, defense experts have said. Last year, the Pakistan Navy inked a deal with China for four state-of-the-art frigates besides inducting modern Agosta 90b submarines and enhancing the existing fleet of P-3C Orion surveillance aircrafts. The acquisition of four F-22P frigates would be an important step for the county’s maritime defence and experts hope that the first of the ships would be delivered in 2008. According to schedule, China State Shipbuilding Corporation would supply the ships from 2008 to 2013. The fourth warship would be built completely in Pakistan to transfer the technology.
China to Supply Pakistan With 8 New Stealth Attack Submarines
The Chinese government will supply eight modified diesel-electric attack submarines to Pakistan by the year 2028, reports Sputnik. Four of the subs would be constructed in China and the rest in Pakistan. Shaikh Rohail Asghar head of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defence said the Pakistan Navy had inked a contract with China for submarines according to which the latter will construct four submarines in China and supply them to the Pakistan Navy in mid 2022-23. The…
Qatargas Sells First LNG Cargo to Pakistan
Qatargas sold its first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Pakistan State Oil Company Limited (PSO). The LNG cargo was sold on a free-on-board basis and loaded at Ras Laffan Port on to the LNG vessel Excelerate Exquiste on 21 March 2015. The cargo was secured to commission the Excelerate Exquiste, which will become the Floating Storage and Regasification Unit, when it is moored in Port Qassim, Pakistan as part of the Elengy LNG terminal which is the first Pakistan LNG import terminal.
Pakistan to Buy Eight Submarines from China
Pakistan is close to signing a $4 to $5 billion deal to buy eight submarines from China, the Financial Times said on Thursday, in what it added would likely be China's largest overseas arms sale. The Pakistan Navy says Islamabad has given the green light to the military's plan to purchase eight conventional submarines from China, reports Huanqiu, the Chinese-language website of China's nationalistic tabloid Global Times. Pakistan has been negotiating the submarine purchase with China since 2011, with initial plans to purchase six, and subsequently raising the number to eight.
Pakistan Mulls Second LNG Import Terminal
BW Group (BW) has signed a 15-year agreement with Pakistan GasPort Limited (PGPL) to provide LNG regasification services utilizing a new-build Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) for the second Pakistan LNG terminal. BW’s state-of-the-art FSRU, Hull No. 2118 and currently at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in Korea, will be utilized for this project. To be delivered in 4Q2016, the vessel offers a low environmental footprint, high efficiency, storage capacity in excess of 170,000m3 and a peak regasification capacity of 750mmscfd.
Lockheed Martin Awarded $186m Contract to Upgrade P-3C
The U.S. Navy's Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Lockheed Martin a $186.5m Foreign Military Sale contract to continue providing mission system upgrades and sustainment work for seven P-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Lockheed Martin will continue to support the Pakistan Navy's P-3C Upgrade Program, which began in March 2006. Lockheed Martin has delivered one upgraded surveillance aircraft, which was inducted into the Pakistan Navy in January. A second aircraft is expected to join the fleet in March. The modified P-3Cs will further enhance the Pakistan Navy's capabilities to conduct maritime surveillance in littoral and deep water environments, supporting anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare operations.
SSGC Shortlists Akbar Associates for Second LNG Terminal
Akbar Associates has won the bid for constructing the second liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Pakistan by offering the lowest tariff of 49.87 cent per million British Thermal Unit (mmbtu) for the LNG terminal. The board of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) made the decision in a meeting held on Friday, say officials. The company will award the contract after finalizing the arrangements in the next 10 days. A day ago, SSGC had shortlisted two bidders – Pakistan Gas Port Limited and Akbar Associates – for building the second terminal for handling LNG imports.
Pakistani Ship breakers Lauds 15% Duty on Import
Welcoming the latest policy, Ship breakers in Pakistan defended the imposition of 15% Regulatory Duty (RD) on the import of all steel billets, steel bars and wire rods. Describing the step as much needed and timely, the Pakistan Ship-Breakers Association (PSBA) lauded the imposition of RD. "The Pakistan Ship breakers Association salutes the Government of Pakistan for this bold move which has helped save hundreds of thousands of jobs as well as the local steel industry," it said in a statement.
Pakistan Introduces Submarine
Pakistan’s navy inducted its first locally built submarine in an effort to bolster its marine force, according to an AP report. Pakistan has already built two Agosta submarines with help from France, this is reported to be the first submarine from local manufacturers. Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf was reportedly the chief guest at the launching ceremony of the Hamza submarine near the port city of Karachi on the shore of the Arabian sea. Pakistan’s navy has taken several steps in recent years to augment its marine force by adding submarines and other equipment. (Source: AP)
Future of Pakistan Deep-Sea Port Touted
Leaders are touting development of Pakistan's first deep-sea port at Gwadar as a potentially potent engine for trade and other economic growth in the region, reported UPI. Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz spoke at a ceremony marking the start-up of the nation's first desalination plant financed entirely from private sources. He added the new deep-water port will eventually be linked to Iran, the Pakistan Dawn newspaper reported. Aziz acknowledged that some of his countrymen are concerned that the port expansion project, which is to start next month, will draw people from other countries, changing Gwadar's demographics. Pakistan began technical and financial studies for the Gwadar port in 1993. Source: UPI
Severn Trent Serves Oil Refinery in Pakistan
Severn Trent Services recently provided multiple water treatment technologies, including reverse osmosis and electrodeionization (RO/EDI) systems, for Bosicor Oil Pakistan Limited, a private sector crude oil refinery under construction in Pakistan, which will have a capacity of 115,000 bpd and will be the largest crude oil refinery on completion (3Q 2010). Bosicor Pakistan Limited, an associated company of the refinery under construction, is already in the business of crude oil refining. The existing and proposed refineries are located at MuazaKund, Hub, Balochistan, Pakistan. The complex RO/EDI system, which will purify seawater for use as process water at the refinery…
Turkey to Modernize Pakistan’s Subs
The Turkish defense firm Defense Technologies and Engineering (STM) won the tender to modernize Pakistan's submarines against its French competitor DCNS, reports Daily Sabah. STM and Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) have concluded the deal to upgrade the Pakistan Navy’s three Agosta 90B (aka Khalid-class) submarines. The upgrade will be carried out in Pakistan. STM noted that the first upgraded submarine will be delivered in “45 months.” This is likely a typo for ‘4-5 months.’ The remaining two…
New Private LNG Terminal in Pakistan
A group of leading business houses in Pakistan plan to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal by March 2019 for gas processing and consumption in their own plants, Reuters reported. The proposed, second multi-million dollars terminal being set up at the Port Qasim to handle LNG imports will give tremendous boost to LNG trade. The private terminal will bring the total number of potential LNG import projects in the country to eight. Currently, Pakistan has only one active…
Pakistan Seeks Another LNG Import Terminal
Government aims for second terminal startup by mid-2017. Pakistan has launched a tender for a second liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, a government official said on Tuesday. The nation of 190 million people can only supply about two-thirds of its gas needs. The ruling party, which campaigned on promises of solving the energy crisis, wants to ease shortages by expanding LNG shipments before a 2018 general election. The official, who declined to be named, said the tender was launched earlier this month with a request for proposal (RFP) by Jan. 24. The government wants the terminal, to be built at Port Qasim in the southern city of Karachi, to be operational by around mid-2017, the official said.
CMA CGM Upgrades Indian Sub-continent and Europe Services
The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in maritime transport, is pleased to announce it is reinforcing its offer, starting 2 April 2018, from Indian Sub-Continent, in a partnership with HLC, MSC, COSCO and ONE. With 2 weekly and complementary services, this new offer will provide expanded port coverage and will also reduce transit times and improve schedule reliability of existing services. With this unique offer, CMA CGM pursues its ambition to strengthen its service to the Indian Sub-Continent market.