Engineering Post Report
Fresh efforts are underway for the provision and allotment of the most suitable land for establishment of New Modern Shipyard in Gwadar in order to incentivize commercial ship building and repair industry for creating new employment opportunities and spurring economic growth since great game changer China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is catalyzing saga of developmental activities in Gwadar.
According to the information available from official sources concerned, 750 acres of land already allotted by the Provincial Government of Balochistan in Moza Kappar Gwadar for this purpose lies at a higher altitude against the sea level and also at about 60 kilometers distance away from Gwadar Port..
After taking all the stakeholders on board in consultations it has been finally proposed that instead of Moza Kappar, area of Surbandar is the most suitable for the construction of Modern Shipyard as it is located at zero elevation. . The area already is incorporated in the Gwadar Master Plan 2050 , has natural shelter with ecological advantages and many allied facilities are easily available around Surbander land.
The newly-proposed location of Surbander is just 24 kilometers away from Gwadar Port. Apart from offering essential dry docking facilities to the cargo ship visiting Gwadar Port, the Shipyard will also be offering services for building new ships.
The Federal and Provincial Government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of Gwadar Shipyard in February 2022.
The sources maintained that the project in the strategically located Gwadar city was of great regional importance as well as of importance for the socio-economic development of comparatively backward Balochistan province and overall and the country on the whole as it will be creating employment opportunities for the locals and generating and boosting substantial revenue generation for the province and its people.