Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) is the national flag carrier of Pakistan. It is an autonomous corporation which functions under the overall control of Ministry of Communications. It operates 15 ships and is managed by a Board of Directors. Its Head Office is located at Karachi.
PNSC operates regularly following major liner services:
Asia Line- Pakistan to Far East
Karachi, Colombo, Bangladesh, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.
The liner service on this route has sailing every fortnight.
Karachi, USA, Canada, Mexico etc.
The sailing on this route is every 45days.
Italy, France, Germany, UK etc.
The sailing on European route is every 28 days.
Three container vessels each having a total capacity of around 1000 TEUs including refrigerator space are employed on Singapore.
Colombo, Karachi, Colombo, Singapore route offering weekly sailings
PNSC also arranges shipments from Far East, Europe and USA/Canada on slot chartered vessels.
PNSC has no bulk carriers of its own, however, bulk shipments of iron ore, coal, rock phosphate, wheat, fertiliser and rice are undertaken through foreign chartered vessels.
The dry cargo fleet of PNSC is as follows:
M.V. Makran Built in Denmark in 1979
M.V. Chitral Built in Japan in 1980
M.V. Bolan Built in Japan in 1980
M.V. Hyderabad Built in Japan in 1980
M.V. Sargoda Built in Japan in 1980
M.V. Multan Built in Japan in 1980
M.V. Malakand Built in Japan in 1980
M.V. Sibi Built in Poland in 1981
M.V. Khairpur Built in Poland in 1981
M.V. Islamabad Built in Karachi, Pakistan in 1983
M.V. Kaghan Latest addition to the fleet, built in the eighties
The National Tanker Company, a subsidiary of PNSC, was established in 1981. It is jointly owned by PNSC and PERAC (State Petroleum Refinig and Petrochemical Corporation). NTC has ensured uninterrupted/smooth transportation of about 4 million metric tons of crude oil to the country annually at the most economical rates. It now owns four “Aframax” class tankers as follows:
M.t.Shalamar Built in Japan in 1981- Dead Weight 97,789 tonnes.
M.T.Lalazar Built in 1984 Dead Weight 113,881 tonnes.
M.T.Swat Built in 1985
M.T.Johar Built in 1985
The original tanker M.T. Johar was sold in 2003 and was replaced with M.T. Shalamar.
M.T. Shalamar was built in Japan in 1981 and has 97,789 Dead Weight Tonnage with a capacity of 78,000 tonnes of liquid cargo. The draft of the tanker is 11.2 metres with a single hull and nine storage (five central and four wing) tanks. M.T. Shalamar was purchased in August 2003 for $5.5 million.
M. T. Johar & M.T. Swat: PTC bought two more oil tankers from a croation based shipping company in 2003 for $ 17 million. These tankers were built in early eighties in Spain and were delivered in October 2003.
M.T. Lalzar: This is the fourth oil tanker to be inducted into the company's fleetin the recent years. It was purchased for $ 13.5 million, at the end of 2004, from a Greek oil company and with dead weigt tonnage of 113,881 tonnes, it is the largest vessel ever to be inducted into a Pakistani company. The tanker was built in 1984 in Italy.
PNSC Marine Engineering Workshop:
PNSC has a marine engineering workshop to provide repair and maintenance services to its own fleet and foreign ships calling at Karachi. Over the last two decades this workshop has gradually achieved international standards in Mechanical and Electrical repairs and steel fabrication work.
The engineering services and expertise are also provided to Pakistan Navy, Karachi Port Trust, Port Qasim Authority, foreign flagged vessels and shore based industries.