Islamabad: According to Anadolu Agency, Pakistan and a Turkish shipbuilder signed two contracts worth $33.46 million on Monday for the procurement of four azimuth stern drive (ASD) tugboats (LNG compatible) and two pilot boats.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, the contracts were signed between Port Qasim Authority (PQA) and Sanmar Shipyards.

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The tugboats will be delivered in 12 months by Sanmar, Turkey’s leading tugboat maker.

Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi and Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Mustafa Yurdakul were present at the signing ceremony at the Maritime Ministry’s office in Islamabad.

According to a statement, this would be a big move forward in both countries’ brotherly ties.

Sanmar was also invited by Zaidi to establish a shipyard in Pakistan, where they could share their expertise, move technology, and benefit from Pakistan’s skilled workforce and low wages.

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A Sanmar official stated that they would take the invitation seriously, praising the PQA’s due diligence, and promising to deliver the vessels ahead of schedule while ensuring their efficiency.

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