"Lifetime Achievement Award" To Veteran Mariners
- Annual Dinner 2012
Honorable Federal Minister of Ports & Shipping Senator Babur Khan Ghori, was the Chief Guest at Master Mariners Society of Pakistan function of LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD CEREMONY AND ANNUAL DINNER 2012, AT Marriot Hotel Karachi on 15th April, 2012 at 2030 hours.
The President Capt. Haleem Siddiqui in his inaugural address, welcoming the Chief Guest, valued invitees and honorable members of the society, deliberated the role of eminent mariners prior inception and thereafter 1947 to-date. He lauded the role of Master Mariners, who not only contributed in the establishment of Merchant Marine in the newly conceived State of Pakistan, but were called upon by emerging countries viz Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka to build their fleet and Ports. This honour was bestowed and today the largest Shipping Line NOL was established by a Pakistani Master Mariner. The President touched in detail, independently the services rendered by the Master Mariners from 1947 todate highlighting all. He made it abundantly clear that merit was the only choice in those days, so professionals of repute carned recognisation locally and abroad both. The President requested the Minister to induct Merchant Mariners on merits in the organization under his control, so that Master Mariners may be able to give their professional acumen as a value added product in the growth. Capt. Haleem touched upon the role of training and PMA and alerted that shortage of Officers is about 30,000 plus, thus we may fill in the vacuum by adhering to needs of IMO latest conventions.
The President also appreciated the services of Capt. Anwar Shah DG. Ports & Shipping / Chairman Gwader Port
and lauded that he is the first Pakistani to become the
governor of World Maritime University Sweden, a singular achievement.
The Chairman PNSC / KPT and Port Qasim also applauded the role of Master Mariner in their organizations and welcomed the professional Master Mariner to join.
The Minister responding, the address of President in totality agreed the role played by Master Mariners in past and present both and welcomed the young generation to join, KPT, Port Qasim, PNSC etc. He wondered that if a Pakistani Master Mariner can be Director Operation of Port of Houston, as to why Master Mariners are deprived of the top slot in the country of their origin, thus he impressed on MMSP to provide him particulars of mariners of repute. Senator Babur at length condemned the induction on quota system and agreed that only merit, but merit should be the basis of selection. The audience applauded the extempore speech and welcomed his frank address. The Minister announced boldly whilst responding to President, that he publicly announced that Pakistan Marine Academy management be awarded to Master Mariners Society of Pakistan to train and Produce professionals, inferior to none in the world. The Minister was finally given a standing ovation by 500 audience of members and their spouse.
Awards were presented by Minister to:
Capt. Nasimul Haque
Extra Master Mariner
Mr. Hassan Abbas
FIMarE, Chartered Engineer
Capt. Asad Ali Khan
Engr. Badar ul Hassan HI,SI
Capt. Sohail Sultan
Capt. Abdul Jabbar Randeo T.St.
for their valuable contribution
to profession as Merchant
Mariners of repute.
Thereafter vote of thanks was
made by Capt. Nusrat, General
requesting guests to proceed
for sumptuous dinner.
The event was not only attended
by members and spouse based at
Pakistan, but Master Mariners
serving at Singapore, Gulf,
Malaysia also joined the
fraternity as token of support.
Whilst valued invitees were
Justice Saeed uz Zaman Siddiqui
Ex. Chief of Naval Staff, Ex.
Chairman Rector Bahria
University, Pro Vice Chancellor
NED University, Kuwait Petroleum
Company, Pakistan State Oil and
many shipping and various
This event will go in the annals
of Pakistan Maritime history,
whilst MMSP may launch a project
of writing history of Pakistan
Merchant Marine since inception,
so that our posterity is taught
the values and achievements of
Merchant Mariners as a part of
their syllabus. The President
agreed to Ministerís proposal to
undertake the assignment. The
President tool seriously the
offer of managing PMA, which
will be deliberated by the E.C.
to respond to Ministerís call,
if found viable, after writing a
compendium to asses the
feasibility of the project.
MMSPís role and recognition was
visible due to house full
participants, members and
invitees from all shades of