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.
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