Gwadar eyes new shipyard

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.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Hope Gwader’s newest shipbuilding will bring jobs to Pakistani & will not be just beneficial to China .

    Pakistani community must also invest & be part of any Chinese projects

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