ISLAMABAD, Sep 22 (Asia Free Press): Two latest tugs on Wednesday handed over to Pakistan Navy that built by Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KS&EW), state owned defense contractor.
The tugboats were handed over in a ceremony held at Pakistan Navy Dockyard at southern port city of Karachi, which was attended by Vice Admiral Naveed Ashraf Commander Pakistan Fleet and other high officials, according to Pakistan Navy statement.
“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,” said in the statement.
These tugs are equipped with two diesel generators, a diesel driven fire pump, navigational radar, fire fighting system, deck crane, sewerage treatment plant and towing arrangements.
Speaking at the ceremony, vice admiral Ashraf 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&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&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&EW.
He apprized the participants about the recent Inauguration of Ship Lift & Transfer System (SLTS) by Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and said that would go a long way in enhancing yards, shipbuilding/ ship repair capabilities.
He also briefed the officials about ongoing projects including, MILGEM Class Corvette, FAC(M) 4, Tugs, GRP Boats for PN and 1500 T MPV for PMSA