Pakistan looks to develop a container fleet

Pakistan is looking to develop a containership fleet. Minister of maritime affairs Ali Haider Zaidi told Reuters the country, home to the world’s fifth largest population, is in negotiations “through a public-private mechanism to create joint ventures to expand into container shipping”.

Zaidi said Pakistan would start by chartering space on boxships, testing the market before deciding how many container vessels to acquire.

State-run Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC), the country’s flagship carrier, has a fleet of 11 ships today, a mix of bulk carriers and tankers.

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.
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