Pakistan inks two contracts with Turkish shipbuilder

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By Asghar Ali Mubarak

Islamabad: Pakistan and a Turkish shipbuilder signed two contracts Monday worth $33.46 million for the procurement of four azimuth stern drive (ASD) tugboats (LNG compatible) and two pilot boats.
Pakistan and a Turkish shipbuilder on Monday signed $33.46 million (TL 277 million) contracts for the procurement of four ASD tugboats – liquefied natural gas (LNG) compatible and two pilot boats. The contracts were signed between Pakistan’s Port Qasim Authority and Sanmar Shipyards, according to a statement from Pakistan’s Ministry of Maritime Affairs.
Sanmar, Turkey’s leading tugboat manufacturer will deliver the vessels within one year.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi and Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Mustafa Yurdakul at the Maritime Ministry’s office in the capital Islamabad.
This will be a significant step forward in the brotherly relations between both countries, the Pakistani statement said. Zaidi also invited Sanmar to build a shipyard in Pakistan, share their expertise, transfer their technology and benefit from the local skilled workforce and low wages in Pakistan.