Pakistan Navy is playing a lead role in promoting safe, sustainable use of ocean resources: Naval Chief
Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF visited port Djibouti during deployment on Regional Maritime Security Patrol. Upon arrival, at port of Djibouti, PN Ship was extended warm welcome and was received by officials from Djibouti Navy and Honorary Consul of Pakistan at Djibouti Mr Imran Muhammad Ilyas.
Islamabad: Today, on 8th of June 2021, we celebrate ‘World Oceans Day’, to focus on the maintenance and development of the oceans and coastal areas. Oceans; a major source of sustenance of life on earth, act as lungs to our planet as they provide more than 50% of the oxygen produced on this planet. They are also major absorbers of greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide. Thus, human activity on land is directly affecting the oceans and the life that flourishes within.
The purpose of World Oceans Day, celebrated globally under the ambit of UN, is to enlighten the world community regarding the impact of human actions on the oceans and to explore ways and means for their sustainable use and the marine resources we derive from them.
The theme selected for World Oceans Day 2021 by UN is ‘The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods’. This offers an opportunity to explore the human life relationship with the oceans. Oceans regulate our climate. Holding 97% of the water on earth, almost all rain that drops on land comes from the sea.
On the eve of World Oceans Day, we acknowledge the challenges that are eroding the integrity of our waters – pollution, marine invasive species, extreme climatic changes, and threats to the survival of marine species. We depend on our oceans for food. Fishing alone, from catch to the consumer, produces not only food for billions of people but also creates millions of jobs worldwide. Nearly 15% of animal protein consumed by humans comes from marine fish. As the challenges to the ocean continue to grow, so does the need for novel solutions to fight these challenges.
To commemorate the significance of World Oceans Day, Pakistan Navy is playing a lead role in promoting safe and sustainable use of ocean resources. Some of the major PN initiatives include; beach cleaning, construction of harbor debris collection barges, intensified Mangroves plantation, banning the use of destructive fishing nets, tackling oil pollution at sea, and coordination with the industrial community to reduce waste dumping into the sea. A number of events and activities have been arranged to highlight the spirit of the day and to raise awareness about oceans and their resources. Active and forthcoming participation, with due regard to the prevailing COVID-19 situation, by all under Command will help promote the essence of the day.
On this Day, let us re-affirm our commitment and resolve to reverse the damage done, and save our oceans from any further degradation. There is a dire need to mend the ways in which we affect the oceans and life forms in them. Only together, we can protect Earth’s ultimate source of life.
It is noted that, Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF visited port Djibouti during deployment on Regional Maritime Security Patrol. Upon arrival, at the port of Djibouti, PN Ship was extended warm welcome and was received by officials from Djibouti Navy and Honorary Consul of Pakistan at Djibouti Mr Imran Muhammad Ilyas.
PNS SAIF is presently on deployment at the North Arabian Sea & Gulf of Aden and is contributing towards international efforts to ensure maritime security in the region.
During the port stay, Commanding Officer of PNS SAIF called on President of Djibouti Parliament Mr Mohamed Ali Houmed, Commander Djibouti Navy Captain Ahmed Daher Djama, Commander Djibouti Coast Guard Colonel Wais o Bogoreh and Harbour Master Djibouti Port Mr Turkei. During the interactions, matters of mutual interest were discussed and further enhancement of bilateral ties in all spheres was re-affirmed. Harbour exercises were also arranged for Djibouti Coast Guard personnel to demonstrate PN capabilities to conduct Maritime Security Operations.
The President of Djibouti Parliament along with ministers and parliamentarians also returned Call and visited PNS SAIF.
Pakistan Navy believes in promoting stability in the region and has remained committed to maritime security and order at sea. The visit of PNS SAIF is aimed to further strengthen bilateral ties and enhance interoperability among both navies.