Pakistan Signs Agreement With Turkey for ASD Tugboats & Pilot Boats

Pakistan has penned two agreements with Turkey for the procurement of ASD tugboats and pilot boats.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Port Qasim Authority (PQA) has signed two contracts with Sanmar Shipyards, Turkey’s leading shipbuilder.


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Under the agreements, Sanmar Shipyards will deliver 4 ASD tugboats (LNG compatible) and 2 pilot boats within 12 months at a cost of $33.4 million.

Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs, Ali Haider Zaidi, and, Turkey’s ambassador to Pakistan, Mustafa Yurdakul, also attended the official signing ceremony.

While addressing the ceremony, the Maritime Minister invited Sanmar Shipyards to build their shipyard in Pakistan, share their expertise, transfer the technology, and benefit from the local skilled workforce and low wages in Pakistan.


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Turkish ambassador, Mustafa Yurdakul, recommended Sanmar Shipyards to accept the invitation of Pakistan’s Ministry for Maritime Affairs.

Representatives of Sanmar Shipyards lauded the due diligence of PQA management and pledged to deliver the tugboats and pilot boats ahead of delivery schedule while ensuring their quality.