A steel-cutting ceremony of a 12- ton Bollard Pull Pusher Tug, being built for the Pakistani Navy, was held at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW) on 20th Jan. 2014.
Vice Admiral Khawaja Ghazanfar Hussain HI(M), Commander of Karachi (COMKAR) was chief guest at the occasion. The ceremony was attended by high ranking officials / dignitaries from the Pakistani Navy, government authorities and the shipyard.
The tug has 16.89 meter overall length with a gross tonnage of 63 tons. It is fitted with a robust fendering arrangement for all round tugging operations for submarines, ships and craft.
Admiral Khawaja Ghazanfar Hussain said that securing the contract for building the 3rd such tug in a span of 2 years, reflects full confidence of the Pakistani Navy in the capability of Karachi Shipyard to indigenously build a quality tug, meeting stringent requirements of the customer as well as the classification society. He commended the fact that after successful delivery of the 4th F 22P Frigate PNS ASLAT, KS&EW has recently commenced another maga construction project of 17000 tons Fleet Tanker.
KS&EW is undertaking construction of 5 shipbuilding projects, which include 17000 Tons Fleet Tanker, two Fast Attack Missile Craft, one 32 tons bollard pull Tug (which is ready for delivery) and twenty two (22) bridge erection boats.
Press Release, January 24, 2014