Aug 20, 2016 (IHS Janes 360) — State-owned company Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) has launched a 17,000-ton fleet tanker on order for the Pakistan Navy.
The platform, said to be Pakistan’s largest-ever indigenously built ship, was launched on 19 August at the company’s facilities at Dockyard Road, Karachi.
The fleet tanker project is collaboration between Pakistan’s Ministry of Defense Production and Turkish technology and systems engineering house Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM). Steel for the tanker was first cut on 27 November 2013, and its keel was laid on 7 March 2014, according to KSEW.
The design of the fleet tanker was prepared by Turkey, while the tanker itself was built at Karachi Shipyard, Radio Pakistan reported.
Specifications provided by the company indicate an overall length of 158.4 m, a maximum width of 22 meter and a scantling displacement of over 17,000 tons. The platform is powered by two diesel engines driving two variable pitch propellers, and can achieve a top speed of 20 knot.
KSEW has not given any details on the vessel’s cargo capacity but an image of the ship published on the company’s website show two replenishment-at-sea (RAS) masts, one each on the port and starboard sides. The vessel also features a helicopter deck, allowing for vertical replenishment operations.
Local media adds: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Karachi on Friday to inaugurate a navy warship fleet tanker.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Sharif said, “The project will further strengthen cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey.” He further added that the tanker was a gift to Pakistan on its 70th Independence Day.
“It is an example of Pakistan-Turkey cooperation and the construction of the fleet tanker will help achieve self-reliance in defense production,” the premier added.
“I congratulate the navy and the Karachi Shipyard for launching the tanker ahead of schedule,” Sharif said while announcing a Rs100 million bonus for Karachi Shipyard employees.
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah were among those present on the occasion.