Navy to plant one million mangroves to protect marine life
Pakistan coastal line remeasured 1003 kilometres
—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.