The Directorate General Ports and Shipping (DG-P&S) performs the function of National Maritime Administration and is the focal point for coordination with International Maritime Organization (IMO). It is the regulator of maritime sector and oversees implementation of IMO Conventions besides providing technical assistance and input to the Ministry of Maritime Affairs (MoMA) in policy making and legislation. It also issues licenses to the manning agencies and maritime training institutions, undertakes inquiries and investigations into shipping casualties and accidents and is the principal examiner of Masters and Mates and Marine Engineers.
The DG(P&S) Wing comprises mainly two constituent agencies i.e. (a) Mercantile Marine Department – responsible for inspection of ships as part of the Port State Control and Flag State Implementation, examination and certification of maritime professionals under the STCW Convention and survey and registration of ships, harbor crafts and sea going fishing vessels. It undertakes examinations and grants approvals in respect of dangerous cargo & its loading plan, manages lighthouses & issues notices to mariners containing navigational warnings; (b) Government Shipping Office – responsible for regulating the service matters of Seafarers and the regulation and supply of crew to Pakistani and foreign flag ships. ISPS Directorate is also a part of DG-P&S for regulating the implementation of ISPS Code.
To emerge as a world class maritime administration committed to continuous improvement.
To achieve safe & secure shipping clean oceans & sustainable marine ecosystem through effective regulation, coordination & superintendence of maritime activities.
The Directorate General Ports & Shipping pursues following goals and objectives. To achieve each of the goal, the methodology and plan of action has been clearly defined:
- Incorporation of International Conventions into National Legislation
- Implementation of National Laws
- Development of Shipping Industry
- Availability of Qualified Maritime Professionals
- Safety of Navigation
- Protection of Maritime Environment
- Ship & Port Security