Karachi-Gwadar-Iran ferry ready to set sail

Published: January 27, 2016
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Port authorities claim govt will launch service from March.

Port authorities claim govt will launch service from March.

ISLAMABAD: Port and shipping authorities have finalised arrangements to start ferry services between Karachi and Gwadar and also to Chabahar, Iran from both the Pakistani port cities.

The service is set to begin by mid-March, aiming to promote tourism and safe transportation to pilgrims heading to holy places in Iran.

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The decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting on Tuesday. Federal Ports and Shipping Minister Kamran Michael chaired the huddle.

Karachi-Gwadar route

For the Karachi to Gwadar ferry, a deal with Silangan Express-1 is at the final stage. This carrier has a capacity of 419 passengers and will take 14 hours for the journey. It will allow 100kg of luggage for each passenger and will make three trips in a week.

Chabahar ferry

For transporting pilgrims to the port of Chabahar in Iran, arrangements are being finalised with another carrier, Samsun Ferry, which has a capacity of 600 passengers. The service will run from Karachi and Gwadar ports.

Gwadar, Chabahar to be made ‘sister port cities’

The ferry service will cost about 40% less than the Rs45,000 for a return air ticket to Iran via Dubai. About one million pilgrims travel to Iran from Pakistan every year. The federal minister has directed the relevant officials to complete all arrangements by the end of February so the service can be launched in March. At the meeting, Kamran said the government might face losses but it wanted to facilitate pilgrims and promote tourism.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 27th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Sonya
    Jan 27, 2016 - 9:49AM

    Why the government is to make losses when there are 1 million passengers every year willing to pay the fare….Recommend

  • Jalbani Baloch
    Jan 27, 2016 - 10:01AM

    Excellent initiative and it must be implemented as soon as possible. The Government of Pakistan and Iran should devise mechanism and work out modalities of cooperation on urgent basis, so that the pilgrims visiting religious sites in Iran and Iraq could be ensured against the lurking threats from terrorists.Recommend

  • abreez
    Jan 27, 2016 - 10:49AM

    What about Gwadar-Oman route, more routes more economic activity.Recommend

  • SayWat?
    Jan 27, 2016 - 7:27PM

    @Sonya: Government here here to make life easy and affordable for the masses, not to make money from them. Ofcourse unless it has plan to make their travel further easy and affordable they can charge taxes. Need Hotels at waterless desert city Gawadar. One ferry trip will turn Gawadar into a bustling travelers get-away destination from the rich and hectic life in Karachi. Thats what Ferry will do that Flying a Mile High Plane wont. Beside Chabhar is Indian administered port and travelers will get Indian flavor & Shopping too. maybe India traders will pick-up Pak goods from Chabahar port. Who knows! But its a good news overall for the masses.Recommend

  • shahid aziz
    Jan 28, 2016 - 11:01AM

    GoodRecommend

  • Aizaz
    Jan 30, 2016 - 3:38AM

    very good.Recommend

  • tariq
    Mar 8, 2016 - 3:27PM

    It is a nice effort by the govt. to start ferry service, which will not be economical but safe and leisure travelling. Let’s hope it starts soon. Recommend

  • Rafiq
    Mar 18, 2016 - 5:23PM

    It is a nice effort by the govt. to start ferry service.
    Also please inform us what is Rent,a and also allow Car whit passenger ?
    Issue Ticket Where? Pl phone No provide..Recommend

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