SHIP CONSTRUCTION IN PUNJAB - FIRST TIME EVER

Inland Water Transport Development Company (IWTDC) is a Government of the Punjab initiative to transport cargo and passengers on rivers and canals for the first time in the country’s history.

This is the safest, cheapest, and cleanest mode of transport. The first ship capable of carrying 300 tons of cargo is being built at Daudkhel, Mianwali, despite there is no shipyard, no workshop facility and not even a slipway. In spite of these limitations local workers have joined hands with experts from Karachi to build the ship in this remote locality.

One of most difficult part of the construction process is the alignment of the engines with the stern tube, tail shaft and propellers. A lot of hard work by the team has gone into completing all the construction requirements to the required standards.

The vessel has 2 engines, each of 650hp. The weight of the steel used for construction is 125 tons. It is configured as a hatch barge, in which bagged cargo is carried inside the hold of the ship. The designed speed of the vessel is 12 knots. With its twin propellers and two rudders it is very maneuverable and can operate efficiently in the river. This vessel will carry cargos between Daudkhel and Attock, extending the service to Nowshehra in due course.