is a developing warm-water, deep-sea port situated at Gwadar
province of Pakistan
at the apex of the Arabian Sea and at the entrance of the Persian Gulf
, about 460 km west of Karachi
and approximately east of Pakistan's border with Iran
. The port is located on the eastern bay of a natural hammerhead-shaped peninsula jutting out into the Arabian Sea from the coastline.
Gwadar Port is managed by the Gwadar Port Authority.
Gwadar Port is being constructed in two phases with heavy investment from China
. Technical and financial feasibility studies were commenced by the Government of Pakistan
in 1993 but construction did not commence until 2002 when the Port of Singapore Authority
was hired for its management. The Gwadar Port was built on a turnkey basis by China
. It was inaugurated in the spring of 2007 by then Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf
. Gwadar Port is now being expanded into a deep sea port and naval base with Chinese technical and financial assistance. Gwadar Port became operational in 2008 with the first ship to dock bringing 52.000 tonnes of wheat
. Pakistan's Minister of Ports and Shipping Sardar Nabil Ahmed Khan Gabol
officially inaugurated the Port on 21 December 2008.
China has acknowledged that Gwadar’s strategic value is no less than that of the Karakoram Highway
, which helped cement the China-Pakistan relationship. Beijing... Read More