Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) has secured the first license for ferry service. The ferry service will initially run between Karachi and Port Qasim.
The ports and shipping ministry on Monday issued a license for ferry service to Swat Shipping (Pvt) Ltd, a subsidiary of the Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC).
As we reported earlier, the Ministry has been in the process of creating international ferry policy so passengers can use ferries to travel abroad.
The license granted by the Ministry will help the state-owned company to facilitate passengers across the country in bothe domestic and international voyages. Through this service, the company could also look at shipping opportunities in the future.
According to Dawn, depending on the success of this venture the company plans to launch ferry service from Karachi to Pasni in Gwadar and Chahbhar in Iran later this year.
The company is also planning to launch a similar service from Karachi to the Port Qasim Authority (PQA) and also an economically viable service to other islands in a bid to promote commercial and tourism activities.
The service would take around 45-60 days before its gets started. PNSC initially plans to purchase two ships that will provide ferry service to around 200 to 250 passengers.