Plight of shipping sector in pakistan highlighted

Sameer Nazir
The President Master Mariners Society of Pakistan (MMSP), Capt Haleem Siddiqui demanded of the government to resolve the problems being faced by the shipping sector in Pakistan in general and mariners in particular, speaking at the annual dinner hosted by MMSP the other day, he requested the Chief Guest, Chief of Naval Staff, Muhammad Zakaullah to facilitate recognition of 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-Director General,. Ports & Shipping / Chairman Gwader Port and lauded that he is the first Pakistani to become the governor of World Maritime University Sweden, a smngular achievement. Capt. Shah’s role as shareholder 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 (International Mariners Organization) requirement, being a serious default , thus urged the authorities to ensure filling slots in maritime 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 it has become the largest shipping line.
Siddiui said that the prominent 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 repute earned recognition locally and abroad both. Chief of Naval Staff being Chief Patron of MMSP, was chief guest at Master Mariners Society of Pakistan Annual Dinner 2015, at Maritime Museum Convention Hall Karachi, Chief of Naval Staff responded to the call of President of Master Mariner Society to work together for betterment of Maritime Industry and Fraternity. CNS was also pleased to see harmony amongst Mariners.