The Government of Pakistan has issued the first ever license for a Ferry Cruise Service to state-owned Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) aimed to commence domestic and international sea travel services in Pakistan.
In this regard, Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo has handed over the very first license of ferry cruise service to PNSC Chairman Arif Ilahi. Director General Ports and Shipping Asad Rafi Chaandna was also present on the occasion.
This license will make the PNSC capable of facilitating passengers across Pakistan in both domestic and international journeys through ferry ships. It will also pave the way and open new avenues in the shipping sector.
The ferry services will debut from Marina Club, DHA, to Port Qasim to facilitate the daily commuters looking to avoid the city’s traffic jams. In a later phase the service will expand up to Pasni and Gwadar.
Internationally, the port authorities along with ministry made a plan to launch a ferry service from Karachi to Chabahar (Iran) and Muscat (Oman). The proposed service would be a competitive one because of the fact that government has waived off port charges for the next 14 years for ferry services.
The ferry service will cost about 40% less than average of Rs. 45,000 for a return air ticket to Dubai.