PNSC to Expand its Ferry Service from Karachi to Doha, Muscat & Dubai

Pakistan National Shipping Corporation is planning to ferry people from Doha, Muscat and Dubai. This was revealed in a set of documents received on Monday.

This plan is followed by PNSC’s initial plan in 2016 to run the ferry service from Karachi to ports of Gwadar and Chabahar. According to sources, the plan is expected to reach completion by 2018.

Recommendations for The Ferry Service

The following recommendations were made in a document, for the commencement of the ferry service:

  • The service should provide its passengers with the following facilities: a canteen, waiting area, restrooms, terminal, embarkation and disembarkation areas, immigration and customs, quarantine area, electricity and standby electricity, car parking, first aid and communications.
  • Passengers must also be facilitated with speedy clearance of luggage and cargo.
  • The process of visa issuance and immigration should be smooth, with considerable attention paid to illegal immigrants, and issues related to immigration of Iranians.
  • There’s a need for the Interior Ministry, as well as ministries for narcotics control, defence and foreign affairs to work in unison and make security arrangements for the crew and passengers as required.
  • There should be a full waiver on port tariffs and charges. The charges would include: berth hire, wharfage, pilotage, and passenger handling.

No Port Charges or Annual License Fee

In addition to the above recommendations, the PNSC submitted a letter to the chairpersons of Karachi Port Trust, Port Qasim and Gwadar Port Authority. The letter contained a request for a waiver on port charges and annual license renewal fees until 2030 as a means to promote the service and encourage investors.

According to a letter written to Federal Secretary of Ministry of Ports and Shipping, the officials of PNSC will hold detailed meetings to present their plans.

PNSC will soon take the government on board with its plans following the discussion of various matters relating to its new venture with the National Assembly Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping.

Project Already Underway

The corporation has already obtained a no-objection certificate for the venture in March 2017 from the Ministry of Ports and Shipping and has begun the process of scrutiny for ferries.

“The initiative would promote ferry service in Pakistan and encourage both public and private sector entrepreneurs to enter into this trade,” the letter to the Karachi Port Trust, Port Qasim and Gwadar Port said.

Via Dawn

  • great !!! i am waiting for such kind of service in karachi, In-sha Allah this experience will be much enjoyable for those who will and can avail.

  • Lets see when this service comes from paper to reality. To the best of my knowledge it will take at least another 3-4 years. Just because a few individuals want to travel one way does not make it viable. Honestly Pakistan does not have to offer anything to the tourists from both/all countries involved. Gwadar does not have any infrastructure for tourist. Only one decent hotel (but with lack of staff) and insecure roads from Gwadar to Karachi.

  • PNSC and it’s bullshit plans have already taken down the shipping in Pakistan.
    When public started ferries they concentrated on Bulk Carriers.
    When people concentrated on Oil Tanker Ships they wasted on containers.
    When all focussed on Bulkers they went for gen Cargo ships.
    This is exactly how you spoil a national institution.
    & they’d always keep on doing things like this. Will never learn.

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