PNSC and Tajjar-ul-Bahr’s Partnership Spearheaded by Adil Rashid to Boost Pakistan’s Ferry Services Industry

The maritime industry in Pakistan has made great progress in recent years, and the latest deal between Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) and Tajjar-ul-Bahr (Private) Limited demonstrates the country’s expanding potential in this field. The signing of the MoU between the two corporations is a significant step forward in the development of Pakistan’s blue economy.

PNSC has engaged into a technical services contract with Tajjar-ul-Bahr (Private) Limited through its subsidiary Swat Shipping (Private) Limited to create and operate a successful ferry service in Pakistan and globally. The agreement displays PNSC’s substantial knowledge and experience in the nautical and shipping industries, both at home and abroad.

The deal was signed at the PNSC Head Office in Karachi by Rear Admiral Jawad Ahmed, Chairman PNSC, and Adil Rashid, CEO Tajjar-ul-Bahr (Private) Limited. Rashid, a highly known and seasoned marine industry professional, brings a lot of knowledge and expertise to the table. His experience and contributions to the maritime sector include roles as Director of Cargo Operations at Port Qasim Authority, Director of the National Centre for Maritime Policy Research at Bahria University Karachi, and 27 years as a commissioned officer in the Pakistan Navy.

The arrangement between the PNSC and Tajjar-ul-Bahr (Private) Limited is part of a wider project initiated by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, the PNSC, and the Karachi Port Trust (KPT). The program intends to enhance economic prospects in Pakistan in the fields of maritime tourism, coastline development, and passenger/cargo ferry services.

The partnership between PNSC and Tajjar-ul-Bahr (Private) Limited would boost Pakistan’s blue economy by improving the country’s maritime infrastructure and services. The successful operation of the ferry service will also provide new job opportunities and boost regional economic growth.

The deal between PNSC and Tajjar-ul-Bahr (Private) Limited is a step forward for Pakistan’s blue economy. The combination of these two organisations emphasises Pakistan’s increasing marine industry’s potential and the prospects open to investors in this arena. Pakistan’s maritime industry, under the leadership of industry experts such as Adil Rashid, is poised to continue its upward trajectory and contribute considerably to the country’s economic growth.

Cross-Cultural Celebration: Chinese and Pakistani Staff Unite in Festivities of Eid at CPEC Projects

This photo taken on April 22, 2023 shows Chinese and Pakistani staff members of the Thar Coal Block-II Coal Electricity Integration project posing for a group photo during a dinner celebrating Eid al-Fitr in the Thar Desert in Pakistan's south Sindh province. (Str/Xinhua)
This photo taken on April 22, 2023 shows Chinese and Pakistani staff members of the Thar Coal Block-II Coal Electricity Integration project posing for a group photo during a dinner celebrating Eid al-Fitr in the Thar Desert in Pakistan's south Sindh province. (Str/Xinhua)

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is not only about energy, transport, and industrial cooperation, but also cultural exchanges that strengthen the relationship between the Chinese and Pakistani people. Employees of the Matiari-Lahore transmission line and the Thar Coal Block-II Coal Electricity Integration project celebrated Eid as evidence of this.

Despite being thousands of miles from home, Junaid Ali and his Chinese coworkers celebrated Eid to the utmost. They danced to jubilant Pakistani music after feasting on a meal prepared by their Chinese coworkers, who went above and beyond to make Eid a memorable occasion for the locals. Ali stated that the finest part of the day was the pre-dinner speeches where both Chinese and Pakistanis spoke passionately about the friendship, brotherhood, and unity between the people of the two countries.

The CPEC has fostered strong cultural ties between Chinese and Pakistani employees, who not only service the people of Pakistan together but also share each other’s joys and sorrows. They celebrate Spring Festival with their Chinese coworkers and Eid with their Pakistani coworkers. They enjoy each other’s cuisine and attempt to study and participate in each other’s sports. The cultural exchange has nurtured a friendship between the two nations that will endure forever.

The Eid celebration is a concrete illustration of the positive results of this cultural exchange. The Pakistani experts who have observed the strengthening of people-to-people relations over the years believe that cultural festivals such as Eid strengthen the bond and provide an opportunity to gain a deeper comprehension of one another’s culture and traditions.

Raja Tahir Qayyum, who currently works in the operations department of the Karot Hydropower project for CPEC and has more than eleven years of experience working with various Chinese companies, stated that celebrating festivals together is similar to fortifying the alliance. The glory of CPEC, according to him, is not only that Pakistan’s roads and infrastructure have been improved, but also that cultural exchanges between the two countries have increased.