SHIP SHAPE

India Today - - STATES - —Uday Mahurkar

DOCK’S OR­DERS

Cochin Ship­yard Lim­ited (CSL) was con­ceived in 1969 and in­cor­po­rated in 1972. The first phase of con­struc­tion was com­pleted in 1982, un­der tech­ni­cal col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ja­pan’s Mit­subishi Heavy In­dus­tries. It be­gan ship­build­ing op­er­a­tions in 1978, ship re­pair in 1981, marine engi­neer­ing train­ing in 1993 and off­shore upgra­da­tion in 1999. This yard has the ca­pac­ity to build and re­pair the largest ves­sels in In­dia.

WHAT IT DOES

The com­pany is cur­rently build­ing an air­craft car­rier for the In­dian Navy. It has also un­der­taken re­pairs of many kinds of ships for the navy, the coast guard and the fish­eries and port trusts, as well as for mer­chant ships be­long­ing to the Ship­ping Cor­po­ra­tion of In­dia and the Oil and Nat­u­ral Gas Cor­po­ra­tion. The com­pany also of­fers grad­u­ate en­gi­neers the train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quired for them to be­come marine en­gi­neers. CSL has also been suc­cess­ful in se­cur­ing ex­port or­ders. Its stature comes from con­sis­tent im­prove­ment in pro­duc­tiv­ity and ag­gres­sive mar­ket­ing. The yard has re­duced its av­er­age time of con­struc­tion of large ships in the last decade. This has been achieved through the aug­men­ta­tion of fa­cil­i­ties, the upgra­da­tion of its ship design depart­ment and the adop­tion of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy.

FU­TURE PLANS

CSL also has an ex­clu­sive area es­tab­lished for off­shore con­struc­tion and fu­ture ex­pan­sion. Hav­ing made a name for it­self in the ship build­ing and re­pair sec­tors for com­mer­cial and de­fence craft, it is now look­ing at fur­ther ex­pan­sion of its in­fra­struc­ture and fa­cil­i­ties, as well as its ge­o­graph­i­cal pres­ence. Up­com­ing projects in­clude a new dry-dock within the ex­ist­ing yard, a state of the art in­ter­na­tional ship re­pair fa­cil­ity and a joint ven­ture with Hooghly Dock & Port En­gi­neers in Kolkata for ship build­ing and re­pair at their yards in Nazir Gunge and Slakia. CSL is also con­sid­er­ing be­gin­ning ship re­pair op­er­a­tions us­ing dry-dock fa­cil­i­ties avail­able in var­i­ous ports across the coun­try. “We are geared up to take our ac­tiv­ity to the next level,” says chair­man and MD, Mahu Nair.

AN­CHORS AWEIGH Madhu S. Nair, chair­man and MD, Cochin Ship­yard

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