KARACHI, Nov 16 (APP): Subsequent to formal inauguration of
Gwadar port, the cargo shipment set off from Gwadar Port under the
protection of Pakistan Navy ships.
The Pilot Project of CPEC successfully kicked off when the first
ever cargo containers arrived from Kashgar to Gwadar, a press release
of Pakistan Navy (PN) said on Wednesday.
The cargo containers were subsequently exported to Middle East
and African countries through MV COSCO WILLINGTON and MV AL HUSSEIN.
Pakistan Navy, being cognizant of its responsibility to make the
maritime component of CPEC and Gwadar Port safe, deployed its ships
and aircraft to provide security cover so as to ensure safe and secure
transit of MV COSCO WILLINGTON and MV AL HUSSEIN in International
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project with
investment of worth U.S.$ 46 billion, and Gwadar Port as its lynchpin
is a game changer and manifestation of strategic partnership between
Pakistan and China. Cognizant of these challenges, Pakistan Navy is
according high priority to the security of maritime components of CPEC
i.e, Gwadar Port, its approaches and the sea lanes leading to and from
the port. The success of the CPEC and the Gwadar Port project is
linked to the safe and secure maritime environment in the Indian Ocean
region in general and in the Arabian Sea in particular.
With the operationalization of Gwadar port, the maritime traffic
to/from Pakistani ports is expected to increase manifold. Therefore,
while providing security to CPEC on land, maritime prong security is
considered vital for overall success of the project. Pakistan Navy has
adopted a multipronged approach to deal with the prevailing challenges
such as beefing up security of Gwadar Port, conducting security
patrols and coastal exercises, enhancing Maritime Domain Awareness and
engaging other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs).
In this context, Pakistan Navy remains fully committed and
geared up to provide conducive maritime environment for uninterrupted
flow of the maritime trade in our Exclusive Economic Zone.