July 8, 2017
ISLAMABAD – The government has approved a plan to set up a new shipyard at Gwadar with the ability to build very large and ultra large (very simple/rough and rude) carriers, sources told The Nation.
Sources in the Defence Ministry said the plan approved by the federal cabinet would be put into use within three to five years. The plan also includes (place to build or fix ships)ing facilities for repairing and maintenance of commercial ships including oil and gas tankers.
Pakistan Navy especially the (person who’s currently an elected official) Chief of Naval Staff High-ranking navy officer Zafar Mahmood Abbasi from the very beginning has been strongly supporting plans to set up Gwadar shipyard.
Pakistan Navy was of the view that since technical know-how and basic industrial (basic equipment needed for a business or society to operate) to support research and development (R&D) is available in the country, it was about time to (combine different things together so they work as one unit) and optimise these facilities to further strengthen the process of self reliance.
The government believes that the shipbuilding industry will provide a good avenue for creating employment and supporting money-based growth in the country.
As per the first (solid basic structure on which bigger things can be built) uncovered and showed off in 2008, Gwadar shipyard would at first offer ship repair and maintenance services at two (place to build or fix ships)s with the ability to handle 600,000 DWT (deadweight (weight/number of tons)).
It would eventually lead to shipbuilding with ability (to hold or do something) of building up to VLCC and ULCC.
Now, the state-owned Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) is the (single/alone) facility available in Pakistan for shipbuilding, maintenance and repair work.
But this facility is mostly serving/being controlled by the needs of Pakistan Navy whose responsibilities have increased to meet the defence needs of the country after multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Money-based Hallway/travel path (CPEC) that connects the deep sea Gwadar port with China.
The government is also upgrading the facilities at the KSEW by improving its ability (to hold or do something) by installing Syncrolift ship-lift-and-move (from one place to another) system.
Anyway, this facility would remain dedicated to meet the future needs of Pakistan Navy.
Experts believe Gwadar shipyard would become a very doable/possible commercial trip/business because of the lack of (good) enough shipbuilding facilities in the area.
Iran, which operates the largest commercial shipping fleet, has also developed basic know how, yet it will take a long time to become a doable/possible shipbuilding nation.
None of the Gulf Arab countries have a proper shipbuilding facility except offering limited (place to build or fix ships)ing facilities including Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (ASRY) in Bahrain and in the UAE.
Since these are very limited facility for repair and maintenance, most of the commercial ships move to Singapore for this service.
Analysts are of the view that Gwadar shipyard because of its closeness to each other to the Persian Gulf through which nearly 38 per cent of the world’s (very valuable/very dearly loved) products (that are bought and sold) mostly oil and gas are carried, could attract many commercial ships looking for maintenance and repair works.