CGS concludes offshore marine research surveys in Pakistan’s EEZ


Karachi:    Pakistan Navy and China Geological Survey Ship (CGS)
undertook a joint scientific research expedition to comprehend the geology of
Pakistan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Beside Chinese counterparts, scientists
from Pakistan Navy, National Institute of Oceanography, Pakistan Petroleum Limited
and Bahria University participated in the survey mission.
During this expedition, spreading over more than two months, the systematic
surveys related to various seismic, gravity, magnetic and oceanographic
observations in Pakistan’s EEZ were carried out. The acquired data will jointly be
processed by Chinese and Pakistani scientists. The received information will further
help in hydrocarbon resource mapping in Pakistani offshore areas. Pakistan Navy
hosted the CGS research ship and provided significant support both at sea and
harbour including coastal areas for undertaking various survey activities. Pakistan
Navy is committed to support all national research activities to explore, exploit and
sustainably managed the marine resources as important component of our economy.
The recent scientific research expedition was second of the series. The first
expedition was agreed during a meeting of the Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar
Mahmood Abbasi with Vice Minister CGS, Dr. Zhong Ziran in 2018. Accordingly,
CGS ship undertook surveys in 2018-19 for two months and conducted
multidisciplinary studies in Makran Offshore area of Pakistan.
The highest level of mutual cooperation and forthcoming approach of CGS during
the expedition is a clear manifestation of China Pakistan friendship in various
research domains. It also exhibits China’s commitment to support activities related to
enhancement of Pakistan’s Blue economy.