Gwadar, the Chinese bankrolled port city near Pakistan’s border with Iran, is looking at building a massive shipbuilding complex to add to its burgeoning maritime infrastructure.
Pakistani authorities are looking at building a facility with two VLCC-sized drydocks. Like its port, the Gwadar shipyard would seek Chinese investors for its development. The yard would focus on commercial shipbuilding, leaving the established Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works to focus on Pakistan’s naval requirements.
Gwadar is a strategically important investment by the Chinese, giving the world’s most populous nation access to the Indian Ocean. Road, rail and pipeline links are being built to the port from the far west of China.