Launching Ceremony of 32 Tons BP Tug being built for Pakistan Navy

 

Handing Over ceremony of 2 x high speed FRP Boats built for Pakistan Customs was held at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW) on 10 March, 2018. Dr. Miftah Ismail, Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs, graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The ceremony was attended by Ambassador of Netherlands, high ranking officials from GoP, Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Customs , corporate sector and KS&EW.

32T BP Tug for Pakistan Navy

The main hull and superstructure of these boats is of Fiber Reinforced Plastic. These boats are having length of 16 meters, displacement of 20 tons with maximum speed of 32 knots and equipped with 7.6 mm and 12.5 mm machine guns at aft position.

32T BP Tug for Pakistan Navy

The Chief Guest in his address said that construction of these high speed FRP Patrol Boats for Pakistan Customs in collaboration with M/s DAMEN is manifestation of our close relations with Netherlands. He appreciated the timely completion of this project and said that KS&EW’s management and workforce has made remarkable efforts to achieve the financial turnaround of the organization i.e. from sustaining losses to a profit bearing entity. He showed his confidence that induction of boats will significantly enhance the capabilities of Customs to combat the menace of smuggling.

32T BP Tug for Pakistan Navy

Earlier MD KS&EW, Syed Hasan Nasir Shah HI(M) in his welcome address said that
Shipyard primarily constructs steel and aluminium ships and construction of these boats has provided the opportunity to enter into FRP construction. He briefed that presently there are 6 ships and 7 boats are simultaneously being constructed. He proudly reported that financial turnaround of Karachi Shipyard is mainly due to regular orders from Pakistan Navy, optimum utilization of resources, successful business plan and multipronged marketing strategy. He thanked MoDP, Ministry of Finance, Planning Commission and Pakistan Navy for solid support for revival of Karachi Shipyard.