Cochin Shipyard (CSL)
commenced its ambitious project of turning Kochi as an international ship
repair facility with the Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways and
Water Resources laying the foundation stone for it; it is Rs 970 crore project.
For this project, Cochin
Port Trust has leased out a 40-acre plot; this ambitious facility is being
built at Cochin Port Trust. Once the facility becomes operational, CSL will be
able to repair up to 85 vessels; double the number of vessels thus can be
repaired every year.
CSL will set up a ship lift system of size 130 m x 25 m with lifting
capacity of 6000 tonnes and 6 work stations.
The facility will help
boost India’s share in commercial ship repair market and the Industry will also
generate about 6000 direct and indirect jobs and it will also give rise to a
number of ancillary industries in the state, said the Shipping Minister Nitin
Gadkari who performed the ground breaking ceremony for the project.
Gadkari also inaugurated, according to an official release, the
conference Build The Ship – 2017 organized by the Ministry of
Shipping in Cochin today. The event deliberated upon the
recommendations of a study regarding the growth strategies for promotion
of Shipbuilding, Ship Design, Ship Repair and Marine Ancillaries in India.
At the conference the Minister announced the start of Center of Excellence in Maritime
and Shipbuilding(CEMS), a start up in skill development for maritime and
shipbuilding sector. CEMS will have campuses at
Vishakhapatnam and Mumbai. It is being set up by the Ministry
of Shipping in collaboration with Siemens under the flagship
programme Sagarmala. CEMS will provide industry-relevant skill development,
equip students with employable engineering and technical skills in the port and
maritime sector and contribute to the Government of India’s ambitious Sagarmala
programme. It will help meet the domestic skill
requirement in ship design, manufacturing, operating and Maintenance, Repair
and Overhaul (MRO) and aims to become an international nodal centre in
South Asia, attracting students from neighboring countries like Sri Lanka,
Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia for skill development in the Port
and Maritime sector. This initiative will also add to
the Make in India and Skill India efforts in
the maritime sector. Shri Gadkari unveiled the logo of CEMS at the launch event in
A joint venture b/w CSL & HDPEL- Hooghly Cochin
Shipyard Ltd. ( HCSL) has been incorporated with CSL 74% and HDPEL 26% shares
in HCSL. A Shareholders agreement was signed between CSL and HDEPL at the
conference today, for taking over manufacturing facilities of HDEPL in Kolkata.
With this, CSL is setting the stage for revival and strengthening of maritime
heritage in Kolkata.
Shri Gadkari also visited Munnar where he laid the
foundation stone for rehabilitation and upgradation of NH 85 from Bodimettu to
Munnar to two laned with paved shoulder. The 42 km project has an estimated
cost of Rs 380.76 Crores.