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Cochin Shipyard’s Order book is full

Recession in the Shipping industry is a thing of the past if one went by the Order book position of the State Owned Cochin Ship Yard. The shipyard has recently received orders for two RO Pax vessels from the Inland Waterways Authority of India and is part of the ten vessels ordered by the Authority in recent months.

Ro-Ro vessel can carry two trucks and four cars

Ro Pax is a Ro-Ro vessel meant for carrying transport vehicles and is being used in the coast from Kandla to Tuticorin to transport vehicles manufactured in south to north and in the reverse direction. The vessels can carry two trucks and four cars. They are equipped with all life-saving equipment and are built as per the IRS standards.

Shipyard order book full and the vessels now it builds

The Shipyard presently has a robust order book in Shipbuilding and Ship Repair. The shipyard is building a total of eight Ro Pax vessels and two Ro-Ro vessels for the IWAI. “IWAI selected CSL for the construction of these vessels, which will be operated in strategic locations in the national waterways. These vessels can accommodate around 200 passengers and will be manned by a crew of eight,” said the spokesperson.

At present, it is building India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) for the Indian Navy. The ship is in advanced stages of testing and commissioning,” said the spokesperson.

CSL is also building a Technology Demonstration Vessel for the DRDO, two 1,200-PAX and 500-PAX vessels for Andaman and Nicobar Administration. CSL is also constructing a total of 27 small vessels for clients like IWAI, Department of Fisheries, Government of Kerala, Government of Tamil Nadu and Indian Navy.

 It has signed a contract for four Mini Bulk Carriers with Utkarsh Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd (part of JSW Group) for their Indian coastal operations. "The construction of these vessels is underway with the steel cutting of the first ship scheduled for September this year. The delivery will start by the third quarter of 2020," said the CSL spokesperson.

The company also signed a contract to construct nine Floating Border Outpost vessels for the BSF. It will also build eight ASW Corvettes for the Indian Navy, three marine ambulance boats for Kerala Fisheries Department and two brows and pontoons for the Indian Navy.

Has plans to expand geographically

The shipyard has also set ambitious plans to expand geographically and has commenced its ship repair operations at Mumbai Port Trust. “To establish its presence across the Indian Coast, the shipyard is set to commence its ship repair operations at Kolkata and Port Blair shortly,” said the spokesperson.
The shipyard has also formed a Joint Venture Company in Kolkata to cater to the needs of the inland waterways vessels segment and is creating a new shipyard in Kolkata for this segment. “Already yard renovation works is underway and the shipyard expects to complete the project by the second half of 2020,” according to sources.

Company investing Rs 2769 cr for a 310M long dry dock

The company is investing a total of Rs 2,769 crore to build a new 310 M long dry dock at Kochi and a ship lift based ship repair yard at Willingdon Island, Kochi.

The shipyard is also building a Technology Demonstration Vessel for the DRDO, two 1,200 PAX and 500 PAX vessels for Andaman and Nicobar Administration. CSL is also constructing a total of 27 small vessels for clients like Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), Department of Fisheries, Govt of Kerala, Govt of Tamil Nadu and Indian Navy.

 

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