Navy to plant one mil­lion man­groves to pro­tect marine life

Pak­istan coastal line re­mea­sured 1003 kilo­me­tres

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - AMAN­UL­LAH KHAN

—Ad­mi­ral Zakaullah, Chief of Naval Staff has dis­closed that the length of Pak­istan’s coastal line was re- mea­sured at 1003 km in col­lab­o­ra­tion with SUPARCO. The Naval Chief was speak­ing as the chief guest on the oc­ca­sion of honour­ing Vet­eran Mariners / An­nual Din­ner 2016 of Mas­ter Mariners So­ci­ety of Pak­istan Chief of Naval Staff be­ing Chief Pa­tron MMSP, was chief guest at Mas­ter Mariners So­ci­ety of Pak­istan AN­NUAL DIN­NER 2016 and Life time achieve­ment award to Vet­eran Mariners at Mar­itime Mu­seum Con­ven­tion Hall Karachi on 26th April, 2016.

He said that in or­der to pro­tect marine life and marine echol­ogy, Pak­istan navy is car­ry­ing out a man­grove plan­ta­tion pro­gram un­der which over 1 mil­lion man­grove would be planted along­side the coastal line. Pres­i­dent Capt. Haleem Sid­diqui in his in­au­gu­ral ad­dress de­lib­er­ated the role of em­i­nent mariners prior in­cep­tion and there­after 1947 to- date.

He lauded the role of Mas­ter Mariners, who not on­ly­con­tributed in the es­tab­lish­ment of Mer­chant Marine in the newly con­ceived State of Pak­istan, but were called upon by emerg­ing coun­tries viz Sin­ga­pore, Saudi Ara­bia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka to build their fleet and Ports.

This hon­our was be­stowed and to­day the largest Ship­ping Line NOL was es­tab­lished by a Pak­istani Mas­ter Mariner. The Pres­i­dent touched in de­tail, in­de­pen­dently the ser­vices ren­dered by the Mas­ter Mariners from 1947 to­date high­light­ing all. He made it abun­dantly clear that merit was the only choice in those days, so pro­fes­sion­als of re­puteearned recog­ni­tion lo­cally and abroad both.

The Pres­i­dent re­quested the Chief Guest to fa­cil­i­tate recog­ni­tion Mer­chant Mariners on mer­its, so that Mas­ter Mariners may be able to give their pro­fes­sional acu­men as a value added prod­uct in the growth.

The pres­i­dent also ap­pre­ci­ated the ser­vices of Capt. An­war Shah Ex- DG. Ports & Ship­ping / Chair­man Gwader Port and lauded that he is the first Pak­istani to be­come the gov­er­nor of World Mar­itime Uni­ver­sity Swe­den, a sin­gu­lar achieve­ment. Capt. Shah’s role as share holder di­rec­tor of PNSC was also di­lated upon.

The Pres­i­dent raised the burn­ing is­sue of Mar­itime ad­min­is­tra­tion, which has be­come dys­func­tional due to non pres­ence of tech­ni­cal staff and not com­ply­ing to IMO re­quire­ment, be­ing a se­ri­ous de­fault , thus urged the au­thor­i­ties to en­sure fill­ing slots in Mar­itime ad­min­is­tra­tion, port state con­trol ex­pe­di­tiously.

Chief of Naval Staff con­ferred Life time achieve­ment award to Capt. An­war Shah for his mer­i­to­ri­ous ser­vices to Mar­itime fra­ter­nity.

It was an hon­our that Capt. Haleem A. Sid­diqui was con­ferred Life time achieve­ment award of Lloyd’s List, a sin­gu­lar achieve­ment. The plight of PMA Cadets was also high­lighted and im­pressed upon Gov­ern­ment to take cor­rec­tive mea­sures.

Chief of Naval Staff re­sponded to the call of Pres­i­dent to work to­gether for bet­ter­ment of Mar­itime In­dus­try and Fra­ter­nity. CNS was also pleased to see har­mony amongst Mariners.

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