ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China on Wednesday signed an agreement for construction of six patrol vessels for Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (MSA). The agreement was signed during a ceremony at the Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) in Rawalpindi.

Documents were signed by M/s China Ship Trading Company (M/s CSTC) and the Pakistani government on behalf Ministry of Defence Production. According to the agreement, four ships will be constructed in China with the remaining two will be built at Karachi’s Shipyard and Engineering Works under Transfer of Technology.

Acquisition of new vessels is a step towards PMSA’s capacity building by the government which will boost the agency’s operational preparedness for protection of resources in Pakistan’s Exclusive Economic Zone and fishery protection.–Staff Reporter

The new vessels will be used for maritime law enforcement operations against drug trafficking and illegal immigration.