Pakistan Signs $33.4 Million Contracts With Turkish Shipbuilder For Tugboats

Pakistan was the first to sign a contract with Turkey to purchase its MILGEM (National Ship) Ada class corvettes.

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LNG-powered escort tug manufactured in Sanmar Shipyard in Istanbul's Tuzla is seen in this undated photo. (Courtesy of Sanmar)Pakistan and a Turkish shipbuilder, Sanmar, signed contracts worth $33.46 million on Monday.

The contracts were for the procurement of four ASD tugboats – liquefied natural gas (LNG) compatible – and two pilot boats.

According to a Ministry of Maritime Affairs statement, the contracts were signed between the Port Qasim Authority (PQA) and Sanmar Shipyards.

Sanmar, Turkey’s leading tugboat manufacturer, will deliver the vessels within one year.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs, Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, and the Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan, Mustafa Yurdakul, at the Maritime Ministry’s office in Islamabad.

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According to a statement, this will be a significant step forward in the fraternal ties between both countries.

Zaidi also invited Sanmar to build a shipyard in Pakistan, share expertise, transfer technology, and benefit from the local skilled workforce and low wages in Pakistan.

An official from Sanmar said they would take up the invitation and praised the due diligence done by the PQA’s management, promising to deliver the vessels ahead of schedule while ensuring their quality.

Turkish shipbuilders already enjoy good relations with Pakistan’s naval authorities.

Pakistan was the first to sign a contract with Turkey to purchase its MILGEM (National Ship) Ada class corvettes.

As part of the contract between Pakistan and Turkish National Defense Ministry firm ASFAT, four vessels are to be built for the Pakistan Navy.

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