-Master Mariners Society invited to manage Pakistan Marine Academy -Uplifting Your Service
Babar Ghauri, Minister of Ports and Shipping, has said that his ministry emphasized on public-private partnership and under this policy had decided to hand over the Pakistan Marine Academy to the Master Mariners Society of Pakistan to run its affairs.
He has advised the MMSP President Capt. Haleem Siddiqui and other office bearers to form a committee to take over the PMA. He, however, said that admissions to the PMA should be purely on merit basis and no influence would be accepted by his ministry.
Babar Ghauri has appreciated the role played by Master Mariners and has welcomed the young generation to join the KPT, Port Qasim, PNSC, etc
He was speaking at the Master Mariners Society of Pakistan Life Time Achievement Award Ceremony and Annual Dinner on April 15, in Karachi, where he was the Chief Guest.
Capt. Haleem Siddiqui, President, Master Mariners Society of Pakistan, in his inaugural address, deliberated on the role of eminent mariners before and after 1947. He lauded the role of Master Mariners, who not only contributed to the establishment of the Merchant Marine sector in Pakistan, but their expertise was also utilized by Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka in the building of their fleets and ports.
Capt. Haleem Siddqui while narrating the history of those life achievers who brought laurels for Pakistan through their professional services as master mariners, especially mentioned Capt. M K Sayieed who had developed the Singapore Port and had also established Singapore’s national shipping company.
Haleem Siddiqui said Pakistani sailors who sailed around the world in all weather conditions and served many countries were now facing real problems as they were denied jobs by foreign shipping companies despite the fact that there was a shortage of about 30,000 sailors in the shipping industry all over the world. He said that despite all odds, shipping was the only sector in Pakistan that was attracting foreign direct investment.
Siddiqui requested the Minister of Ports and Shipping to induct Merchant Mariners on merit in the organizations under his control, so that Master Mariners could share their professional acumen as a value addition in the growth of these organizations. Muhammad Aslam Hayat, Chairman, KPT and M. A. Maeenai, Chairman, National Shipping Corporation, also spoke on the occasion.
Awards were presented to Capt. Nasimul Haque, Capt. Sohail Sultan, Capt. Abdul Jabbar, Capt. Asad Ali Khan, Hasan Abbas and Badar ul Hassan for their valuable contribution to the profession as Merchant Mariners.
The event was attended by MMSP members based in Pakistan and also Master Mariners serving in Singapore, the Gulf States and Malaysia and other distinguished guests.
Capt. Haleem A. Siddique, President, Master Mariners Society of Pakistan, presenting a memento to Senetor Babar Khan Ghauri, Federal Minister of Ports and Shipping, at the Annual Dinner and Life Time Achievement Award Ceremony of the
Master Mariners Society of Pakistan.