PNSC Ferry Cruise Ship Service Update: PNSC Ferry Cruise Ship Service to various destinations would start soon for which we have not only involved the national flag carrier PNSC but also the stakeholders from private sector. The first ferry would be started from Port Muhammad bin Qasim to Karachi Port.
In this regard, Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo has handed over the very first license of ferry cruise service to PNSC Chairman Arif Ilahi.
Director General Ports and Shipping Asad Rafi Chaandna was also present on the occasion.
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This license will make the PNSC capable of facilitating passengers across Pakistan in both domestic and international journeys through ferry ships. PNSC Ferry Cruise Ship Service will also pave the way and open new avenues in the shipping sector.
The PNSC Ferry Cruise Ship Service will debut from Marina Club, DHA, to Port Qasim to facilitate the daily commuters looking to avoid the city’s traffic jams.
Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo said:
“It is noteworthy that the PNSC is cruising ahead with distinction having achieved the ‘AA’ ratings at the start of 2017. PNSC being a Public Sector company has displayed resilience by adopting robust measures and stringent controls and as a consequence PNSC’s business profile has gained significant strength in recent years.”
Replying to various questions stated that after the successful introduction of Ferry service up to Port Muhammad bin Qasim ferry service from Karachi port to Gwadar, Ormara, Pasni, Muscat and Iranian port Chahbahar were on anvil. There would be cruise service for the Karachiites for entertainment and outings.This project is to be implemented within next one and a half year time.
Inland shipping project is also under study and soon you will hear some good news about it. He further stated that to end pollution in sea crucial meetings with Sindh government and allied departments have been held. It is hoped next week this meeting will decide some good measures.
PNSC Chairman Arif Elahi in his address disclosed establishing a separate dredging firm to facilitate all the national ports shipping requirements. This is very good and profitable area for the investment purposes. Pakistan Dredging would be subsidiary of PNSC providing services to not only Karachi port but also to Gwadar port and PQA and any other parties.
This is also a part and parcel of the CPEC efforts. On the instructions of Prime Minister we are establishing PNSC office in Gwadar. There would be a share of Pakistani flagships too along with Chinese shipping company, the Chairman added.
The proposed service would be a competitive one because of the fact that government has waived off port charges for the next 14 years for ferry services.
The ferry service will cost about 40% less than average of Rs. 45,000 for a return air ticket to Dubai.
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