KARACHI: The first ever container vessel ‘MS TIGER’ under the CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) project has arrived at Gwadar Port. Pakistan Navy ships ‘PNS DEHSHAT’ and ‘KARAR’ escorted ‘MS TIGER’ to the port.
This new Ship Container Service namely Karachi Gwadar Gulf Express will connect Gwadar Port with the Middle East hub of Jebel Ali as well as the neighbouring UAE ports of Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
After embarkation of more containers of frozen seafood from Gwadar Port, the ship proceeded to Jebel Ali Port. An impressive ceremony was held at the port on arrival of MS TIGER. The reception ceremony was attended by the Pakistan Navy Commander Coast Rear Admiral Moazzam IIyas.
CPEC is a game changer for Pakistan. Success of this project is a prelude to the economic prosperity of the country and hence has taken a central stage in the economic, political and security calculus of not only Pakistan but the entire region.
Considering the importance of the Gwadar Port as focal point of CPEC, its security is paramount. For this purpose, Pakistan Navy has raised ‘Task Force 88’ to undertake the defence of Gwadar Port and its surrounding areas. This Task Force is providing defence to Gwadar Port from seaward approaches and merchant vessels visiting the port through the deployment of Pakistan Navy’s assets.