The Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) and Central Institute of Fisheries Technology
(CIFT) have joined hands to design and construct modern fishing vessels.
The two entities signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard
at Cochin Shipyard Limited in the presence of top officials of both the
As per the agreement, naval architects of CIFT, a subsidiary of Indian
Council of Agricultural Research under the Ministry of Agriculture, will design
the vessel which Cochin Shipyard Limited, a ‘Miniratna’ Central Public Sector
Enterprise (CPSE) under the Shipping Ministry will build ships using quality
materials and equipment.
At present, there is no specific standard for building fishing boats. They
are built at traditional boatyards in an almost amateur fashion using
substandard materials and equipment.
No modification is possible on such vessels. The materials used to build a
fishing vessel should be of superior quality to ensure long life and less
maintenance,” said a senior CIFT scientist.
Besides building a ship of superior quality, there will be government
monitoring on the construction of vessels. The government has issued certain
guidelines and specifications for building the vessels which will be complied
with,” the scientist said.
The MoU aims at creating benchmarks and standards in design and
construction of fishing vessels besides enabling end-to-end solutions to the
fisheries sector in India, leveraging programmes of ‘Make in India’ and ‘Blue
Revolution’ of the Union Government.
Since the boats are built with government subsidy, orders have to be placed
through the government. Those looking to get a boat built by CSL have to
prepare and submit their proposals to their respective governments which will
scrutinise them before clearing and forwarding it to the builders.
Tamil Nadu government has already declared 70 per cent subsidy for boats built
under the scheme.