KARACHI: Launching ceremony of 1500-tonne Maritime Patrol Vessel (MPV), built for Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), was held at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KS&EW). The ship has been built in collaboration with China Shipbuilding & Trading Company (CSTC) and Huang Pu Shipyard.
Naval Staff Vice Chief Admiral Kaleem Shaukat was the chief guest on the occasion. It is yet another landmark project that speaks volumes of the friendship between China and Pakistan, he said.
The MPV is a multi-mission vessel with a steel hull and aluminum super structure. Extending to 95 metres in length and 12.2 metres wide, the vessel has been designed to travel at a maximum speed of up to 26 knots. It is fully equipped to carry out maritime security, search and rescue missions in maritime exclusive economic zones of Pakistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2019.