Pakistan Navy commissioned its newest indigenously built 17,000-tonne fleet tanker, PNS Moawin, during a ceremony held at Pakistan Navy Dockyard in Karachi on Oct. 16.
The ceremony was attended by President Dr Arif Alvi, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi.
The tanker, initially named as Pakistan Navy Fleet Tanker (PNFT), was indigenously designed by Turkish defense contractor STM to meet the needs and requirements of the Pakistan Navy, and built by Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KS&EW) at the Karachi Shipyard.
Contract for indigenous construction of a Fleet Tanker for Pakistan Navy was signed on Jan. 22, 2013 between Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) and Turkish defence company, STM (Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş.). As per the said contract, design of the ship along with Kit of Material (KoM) will be provided by STM, whereas complete construction, outfitting, and trials will be undertaken by KS&EW.
The construction of PNFT was started on Nov. 27, 2013 with steel cutting ceremony and the subsequently keel laying was performed on Mar. 7, 2014. The vessel was launched successfully by KS&EW on Aug. 19, 2016 and is the largest ship to be built in country to date. The vessel completed her initial sea trials on on March 31 this year.
The Pakistan Navy christened the PNFT as the PNS Moawin after its ex-Dutch Poolster-class tanker.
PNFT will provide not only logistic support to PN units at high seas but can also undertake combat support operations through embarked helicopters. PNFT is built under the Class and will comply with International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and marine pollution (MARPOL) regulations. For this, the ship is of double hull configuration.
With overall length of 158.4 m and maximum width of 22.0 m, the ship has a displacement of over 17,000 tons at full load.
The ship is powered by two diesel engines providing a total power of 12 MW (16,000 hp), allowing the ship to reach a maximum speed of 20 knots with controllable pitch propeller and an endurance of 10,000 nautical miles (19,000 km) at 15 knots. PNFT is equipped with four Diesel Generators for electrical power generation.
The fleet tanker can autonomously endure at sea for a period of 90 days. The complement of the ship is about 228, including 20 officers, 208 Enlists as well as two battalions of the Pakistan Marines.