KARACHI: Handing over ceremony of 2 x Tugs built for Pakistan Navy was held at PN Dockyard. Vice Admiral Naveed Ashraf Commander Pakistan Fleet, graced the occasion as chief guest. The ceremony was attended by high ranking officials from Pakistan Navy and engineers/ workers of KS and EW.
The Tugs has a length of 25 m with a displacement of 250 tons. It has maximum speed of 12 knots and is propelled by two diesel engines having azimuth drive propulsion system with automated integrated machinery and tug handling system. These tugs are equipped with two diesel generators, a diesel driven fire pump, navigational radar, firefighting system, deck crane, sewerage treatment plant and towing arrangements.
Chief guest Naveed in his address said that construction of these tugs at Karachi Shipyard is yet another example of sheer hard work and dedication by the engineers and workers of KS and EW. He appreciated the timely delivery of these tugs, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant challenges like non-availability of OEM engineers and Kit-of-Material etc. He congratulated all stakeholders particularly management and workforce of Karachi Shipyard for achieving this important milestone.
Earlier, MD KS and EW, Rear Admiral Ather Saleem, in his welcome address said that workforce of yard was proud to be entrusted with such projects and thanked the valued customers, Pakistan Navy for reposing confidence in KS and EW.
He further highlighted commitments of KS and EW had increased manifolds but his teams were more determined, motivated and geared up to undertake the future challenges. He apprized the august gathering about the recent Inauguration of Ship Lift and Transfer System (SLTS) by Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan which would go a long way in enhancing yards, shipbuilding/ ship repair capabilities.
He further apprised about ongoing projects including, MILGEM Class Corvette, FAC(M) 4, Tugs, GRP Boats for PN and 1500 T MPV for PMSA. He assured that KS and EW is committed to deliver state of the art platforms and services to the utmost satisfaction of the end users.