The commissioning ceremony of PMSS ZHOB built for Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) was held at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) on Thursday. Vice Admiral Abdul Aleem, Chief of Staff (Personnel), graced the occasion as the chief guest, said a KSEW statement. The 600-tonne maritime patrol vessel has been built in compliance with China Classification Society Rules. It has an overall length of 68.5 meters, beam of 8.7m and can achieve maximum speed of 27 knots. In his address, the chief guest said that it was yet another landmark project that speaks volumes of the evergreen friendship between Pakistan and China. “This vessel will not only enhance the operational capability of PMSA but it will also go a long way in protecting the national jurisdiction and rich natural resources of Pakistan’s territorial waters. It will play a vital role towards achieving self reliance in defence production.” Earlier, KSEW Managing Director Rear Admiral Ather Saleem said that this project signified the trust and confidence that government reposed in KSEW. The delivery protocol was signed between representatives of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) and KSEW and the ship was handed over to the agency. The commissioning ceremony was attended by high ranking government officials, Pakistan Navy, corporate sector and KSEW. Published in Daily Times, August 10th 2018.