Turkey’s Sanmar Shipyards has signed contracts for six vessels, worth over US$33 million, with the Port Qasim Authority (PQA) in Pakistan, including four tugboats and two pilot boats. All six will be delivered in 2022.
Three of the 32m long, LNG compatible tugs will have 75 tonnes of bollard pull (BP) ahead and astern, while the fourth will have an even greater BP of 85 tonnes.
The contracts with PQA for the tugs, and two 20m pilot boats each capable of 20 knots, were signed at a ceremony at the Ministry of Maritime office in Islamabad, witnessed by the Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi and Turkish Ambassador Ihsan Mustafa Yardakul. Commercial Projects Manager Ozge Abanuz and Procurement Manager Hakan Tunc represented Sanmar. The Minister invited Sanmar to build a shipyard in Pakistan, share its expertise and technology, and benefit from the local skilled and relatively low-cost workforce.
Meanwhile Tug Training & Consultancy (TTC) – part of the Kotug Group of Companies – and Maritime Training Institute Karachi (MTI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a partnership for the training of tug masters, ships crews and pilots in Pakistan. The training will be undertaken by certified TTC trainers at MTI’s facilities in Karachi.
As the only ISO 9001 certified tug training company in the world, TTC sets high standards for the training facilities it uses. “With a fully equipped and exclusive Maritime Simulator Centre in Karachi, and similar values, these standards are perfectly met by MTI,” a statement said.