KARACHI: The Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) is expanding its planned ferry service from Karachi to new destinations, including nearby coastal cities Doha, Dubai, and Muscat.
The PNSC had initially announced plans for a Gwadar and Chahbahar in 2016, which is expected to kick off tentatively in early 2018, sources told DawnNews.
The national flag carrier in a document made the following recommendations in order to commence the ferry service "as early as possible":
Facilities for passengers including a canteen, waiting area, restrooms, terminal, embarkation and disembarkation areas, immigration and customs, quarantine area, electricity and standby electricity, car parking, first aid and communications.
Equipment and other facilities for speedy clearance of passengers, luggage and cargo.
Swift resolution of immigration and visa issuance matters, illegal immigrants, [and] issues related to immigration of Iranians.
Contacting the ministries of interior and narcotics control, defence and foreign affairs to request arrangements for the safety and security of the crew and passengers.
Full waiver on port tariffs and charges (including berth hire, wharfage, pilotage, and passenger handling).