Celebrating the official start of a ship's construction, the keel laying
ceremony was historically used to mark the initial placement of a central beam, which served as the vessel's backbone.
Earlier, MD KSEW, Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah in his welcome address said that today marks the performance of keel laying
of second 32 Tons BP Tug, which is part of the contract awarded by PN for the construction of 2 similar Tugs.
In his address on the occasion, the Naval Chief highly appreciated the simultaneous launching of 3rd FAC(M) and Keel Laying
of 600 tons MPV and said that the accomplishment of these diverse milestones is indeed a loud manifestation of the indigenization policy of the government especially attaining self reliance in defence capabilities.
The laying of the keel may be the official beginning of a ship's life, but Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville personnel began work on USS Omaha several months prior to the keel laying
"A long-standing tradition the keel laying
marks the ceremonial beginning of the ship's construction" said Crowley's Todd Busch senior vice president and general manager technical services.
At the Keel Laying
ceremony, coins were placed on one of the keel blocks before the 580 tonne-unit, which will be part engine room of the completed ship, was lowered into place in the dry dock.
26 September 2011 - Oslo-listed Fairstar Heavy Transport NV (OSL:FAIR) announced today the keel laying
ceremony for its semi-submersible vessel Finesse at the Qidong dry dock facility of Chinese company Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI).
The keel laying
ceremony was attended by representatives of the Pakistan Defence Ministry, China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Co.
Summary: Drydocks World recently held a keel laying
ceremony for a state-of-the-art Compact Semi-Submersible (CSS) vessel.
The keel laying
ceremony of M/V Zamil-63 & Zamil-64 Multi Purpose Offshore Vessels was also held on the occasion.
Midway's service at sea began with her keel laying
during the heat of World War II and closed in 1991 as the flagship for operations in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm.
Llangollen-born Commodore Ron Warwick is pictured (beforehis promotion from captain) at the keel laying
of the QM2, the world's largest cruise liner.