BE2C2 Report — China officially handed a 600-ton patrol ship over to Pakistan’s maritime safety authority in Guangzhou, Guangdong province on April 11.
Among other things, the ship will be used to safeguard Pakistan’s maritime interests around newly-built Gwadar port on the Arabian sea.
The new ship — third of its kind, was built by China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd. (CSTC) and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Xijiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Its two predecessors delivered in January have already demonstrated their reliability and excellent performance during visits and exchanges, joint drills, maritime rescue and other missions in Pakistan, state-run People’s Daily reported.
The Chinese ship manufactures have promised to provide after-sale services, it said.
The ships are key to consolidating China-Pakistan relations, protecting Pakistan’s sea transportation and pushing forward the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Belt and Road Initiative.
Pakistan ordered four ships from China for maritime security patrols at Gwadar. The fourth ship is expected to be delivered in 2 to 3 months time.
These vessels will be used jointly by the two country’s navies for securing the sea route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The CPEC will link the port city of Gwadar in Balochistan to China’s Xinjiang province via a vast network of highways and railways. The project was launched in 2015 with USD 46 billion but later the investment increased to USD 56 billion.