L&T Launches In­dian Navy’s Float­ing Dock

A Mile­stone Devel­op­ment in Indige­nous Ship­build­ing Ca­pa­bil­ity

India Strategic - - CONTENTS - By JK Verma

CHEN­NAI. Float­ing Dock for the In­dian Navy to en­hance its ca­pa­bil­i­ties in re­pair­ing ships and sub­marines in the An­daman & Ni­co­bar is­lands. The Dock, des­ig­nated FDN-2, has been built at the com­pany’s Kat­tupalli fa­cil­ity near here.

L& T, as the com­pany is gen­er­ally known, was man­dated by the Min­istry of De­fence in May 2015 to build the Dock and de­liver it to Port Blair. The

468 crore Dock will be in­stalled in In­dia’s eastern is­land ter­ri­tory shortly af­ter the re­quired tests and tri­als. It is the first in­dige­nously built float­ing Dock.

L&T, one of In­dia’s old­est and the best en­gi­neer­ing com­pa­nies, is in­volved in sev­eral de­fence projects, in­clud­ing nu­clear sub­marines. The oc­ca­sion to launch the Dock was also an oc­ca­sion to mark the com­pany’s prom­ise for on­time de­liv­ery, said Mr Jayant Patil, Se­nior Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent.

The Dock will han­dle ships and sub­marines of up to 8000 tonnes. Be­sides In­dian naval ships, the float­ing fa­cil­ity will also be able to ser­vice civil ves­sels, In­dian or for­eign. The fa­cil­ity will greatly re­duce the turn­around time in re­pair­ing ves­sels and mak­ing them avail­able to the Navy as soon as pos­si­ble. As per In­dian tra­di­tions of launch­ing ves­sels by a lady, the Dock was launched by Mrs An­jali Desh­pande, wife of Vice Ad­mi­ral DM Desh­pande, Con­troller of War­ship Pro­duc­tion & Ac­qui­si­tion of the In­dian Navy.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Vice Ad­mi­ral Desh­pande com­mended L&T for its ef­forts in the de­sign and con­struc­tion of FDN-2. He men­tioned that launch­ing of the in­dige­nously built Float­ing Dock was a tes­ti­mony to the ca­pa­bil­i­ties avail­able in In­dia for re­al­iz­ing the Make in In­dia vi­sion.

The Ad­mi­ral in­di­cated that the Navy

had its per­spec­tive plans drawn up to 2027, and that the pri­vate sec­tor was set to play a vi­tal role in the In­dian Navy’s fu­tur­is­tic devel­op­ment. He also praised L&T for in­dige­nously de­vel­op­ing sev­eral state of the art tech­nolo­gies. L&T also has its op­er­a­tions in some 30 coun­tries.

Mr Patil, who is also the com­pany’s whole time Di­rec­tor ( des­ig­nate) for de­fence, said: “It is an af­fir­ma­tion of the in-house ca­pa­bil­i­ties and track record of L&T that we are launch­ing the FDN-2 for the In­dian Navy ahead of sched­ule, as a se­quel to hav­ing al­ready de­liv­ered 32 in­ter­cep­tor boats to In­dian Coast Guard. This has been made pos­si­ble by the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment of the team at L&T, our re­la­tion­ship of trust with In­dian Navy across the value chain for naval plat­forms and the for­ward-look­ing poli­cies pur­sued by the Gov­ern­ment to fa­cil­i­tate pro­cure­ment of indige­nous equip­ment for our Armed Forces.”

He added that “L&T has in­vested in build­ing state of the art fa­cil­i­ties at Kat­tupalli and we look for­ward to con­tin­ued ser­vice to the In­dian Navy in en­deav­ors of Na­tional ca­pa­bil­ity build­ing.” Vice Ad­mi­ral B Kan­nan (Retd), MD & CEO of L&T Ship­build­ing, stated that as it was the first of class fa­cil­ity, the main chal­lenge “per­tained to man­ag­ing de­sign and pro­duc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties con­cur­rently.”

We have achieved a high level on this through Dig­i­tal Ship­build­ing tech­nolo­gies as well as through a fo­cused ap­proach of ‘get­ting it right first time’ duly re­in­forced by the rich work ethics of L&T.”

The Float­ing Dock is 185m long and 40m wide, and is de­signed for dock­ing In­dian naval ships and sub­marines of up to 8000 tonne dis­place­ment with draughts of up to 7 me­ter, dur­ing both day and night. Si­mul­ta­ne­ous dock­ing of mul­ti­ple ships and off-cen­ter dock­ing op­tions are also fea­si­ble.

Sig­nif­i­cantly, the en­tire de­sign and con­struc­tion process has been pro­gres­sively cer­ti­fied by Lloyds Regis­ter of Ship­ping So­ci­ety and over­seen by the Navy’s res­i­dent team at Kat­tupalli.

The Dock con­forms to in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­cepted norms, in­cor­po­rates a fully au­to­mated bal­last con­trol sys­tem, in­duct­ing state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy in its equip­ment. The dock cov­ers pro­vided with the FDN- 2 fa­cil­i­tate re­pair & re­fit ac­tiv­i­ties in in­clement weather con­di­tions. L& T has also been man­dated by the In­dian Coast Guard (ICG) to de­sign and build seven Off­shore Pa­trol Ves­sels (OPVs). Two of th­ese OPVs are to be launched by March next year. ICG also has another or­der for 54 In­ter­cep­tor Boats out of which 18 are ready for de­liv­ery.

L& T also un­der­takes re­pairs and re­fits of Naval and Coast Guard ships reg­u­larly. It has al­ready de­liv­ered six re­fit­ted (mod­ernised) ships (in­clud­ing the largest Lo­gis­tics Tanker INS Jy­oti) from its ship­yard at Kat­tupalli, which now is fo­cus­ing only on De­fence or­ders. The Kat­tupalli yard is so build­ing 12 ves­sels for the Viet­namese Bor­der Guard.

Larsen & Toubro is an In­dian multi­na­tional en­gaged in tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, con­struc­tion, man­u­fac­tur­ing and fi­nan­cial ser­vices with $17 bil­lion in rev­enue. It op­er­ates in over 30 coun­tries world­wide.

Chief Guest Vice Ad­mi­ral DM Desh­pande,CWP&A (3rd from left) and Mrs An­jali Desh­pande (5th from left) with ship­yard of­fi­cials/guests af­ter the launch­ing cer­e­mony

First Float­ing Dry Dock built in In­dia by L&T

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