China shipbuilding industry shows interest in Pakistan

Islamabad, March 27, 2014 (PPI-OT): “Pakistan has a thriving shipbuilding industry. It has proved its mark by building a frigate loaded with latest technology and great design”. These views were expressed by Mr Liu, the President of the shipyard and Chairman of China shipbuilding and Trading Corporation during a meeting with Federal Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain.

On 27 April the Minister Rana Tanvir Hussain visited Dalian Shipyard. The Minister was received by Mr Liu, the President of the shipyard along with other officials of SASTIND and shipyard. Mr. Liu gave a detailed briefing of the capabilities and facilities and highlighted that it’s the biggest shipyard in China. The shipyard can construct not only military ships but also has the expertise in various kinds of commercial ships.

Preceding the briefing, visit of the shipyard provided a good chance to witness different workshops and facilities available there. During the discussion various projects and opportunities became the focal point. The Minister was full of appreciation and highlighted Pakistan’s keenness in the project of shipyard.

The Chinese side was also very keen, forthcoming and assured that all kind of assistance. The minister highlighted that to further strengthen our friendship and strategic partnership, these kind of projects will have a great impact.

Minister for Defence Production is on an official visit to China where he met Chairman of China shipbuilding Trading Corporation, China shipbuilding Industry Corporation and china state shipbuilding corporation.

Minister also added that “PNS ASLAT is an indigenously produced frigate but we thank our Chinese brothers to have extended technical expertise to Pakistan and Karachi shipyard and Engineering Works which has improved the skill and expertise level of our workers and technicians”.

The MODP Minister Rana Tanvir Hussain is visiting China on the official invitation of Administrator of SASTIND (State Administration of Science Technology and Industry for National Defence). The Minister also visited Changxing Shipyard at Shanghai.

The Vice President of the shipyard gave an in-depth briefing about the shipyard, highlighting its history and capabilities. After the briefing The Minister had a round of the various facilities of the shipyard and witnessed steps involved in ship making, right from cutting of steel to final step of ship construction.

The Minister appreciated the expertise of the shipyard and discussed joint ventures opportunities for establishment of shipyard in Pakistan. Chinese side also showed great interest in the project and assured all kind of assistance.

Minister not only appreciated the Chinese shipbuilding facility but expressed desire for further cooperation in the sector which was welcomed by the Chinese authorities.

For more information contact:
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
4th Floor, Cabinet Block, Pak. Secretariat,
Islamabad, Pakistan.
Fax: 00-92-51-9206399

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