Chinese firm to build 500-ton Fast Attack Craft for the Pakistan Navy.

The Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works has signed a contract with China Shipbuilding and Offshore Company (CSOC) for the construction of a 500-ton Fast Attack Craft for the Pakistan Navy.

The shipyard hopes to deepen its cooperation with the Chinese shipbuilding industry to facilitate Beijing’s international trade and further explore the huge Gulf market, said Managing Director Karachi Shipyard, Vice Admiral Iftikhar Rao.

“We hope to establish a long-term and permanent relationship with China as well as close partnership at various levels,” the China Daily quoted Rao as saying.

The shipyard, which includes commercial and military sections, can provide a wide range of services, such as logistics supply, maintenance and repair. “It will be a win-win situation for Pakistan and China,” he said.

There are 55 Chinese ship engineers who are working and residing at the shipyard, and they receive the best security protection, according to Rao.

“We are currently building a new accommodation for Chinese workers and we are very satisfied with their performance.” The new building is expected to be completed by April next year.



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