Cochin Shipyard Ltd.
Cochin Shipyard (CSL) is the largest shipbuilding yard in India, and one of the leading shipbuilding & repair yard in India. Cochin Shipyard which has an infrastructure that combines economy, scale, and flexibility, and has ISO 9001 accreditation. CSL also has an exclusive area set for offshore construction and future expansion. As one of the India's top 10 Public Sector Undertakings, CSL has been rated excellent by the Government of India, four times in a row for achieving the targets set for the yard under the MOU system.
Since inception through 2002, the Cochin Shipyard Limited had built and delivered eight major ships and many small vessels. Besides making profits continuously, the shipyard contributed a sum of Rs.75 crores to the national exchequer. In the ship-repair area also, the shipyards' performance was commendable and it was getting orders for ship-repairs. With specialised industry knowledge and superior resources, CSL has constantly unfolded new levels of excellence in shipbuilding and ship repair. As a technology leader in India, CSL has adopted the Japanese Integrated Hull Outfitting and Painting system (IHOP) for its new construction, which gives a clear edge to CSL in the field of fabrication of commissioning of accommodation modules & topside modification.
Lying close to the site where Vasco Da Gama landed in 1498, it has various points of tourist attraction. Lush green landscape and picturesque backwaters with Jew Street, Willingdon Island, Annual boat races, Vasco Da Gama's grave, Chinese fishing nets, wildlife and bird sanctuaries at Periyar and Alappuzha, tea estates near Munnar, and Ayurveda therapy centres in and around the city makes it one of the 'to be seen' places of the world.
Cochin Shipyard was launched in 1976. Since then it has evolved into the n builder of the largest vessels constructed in India for the Merchant Navy and the Indian Naval Services. With a track record of delivering results in record time, the Shipyard has the credit of being one of India's top 10 public sector undertakings and continues to maintain a steady level of cost-effectiveness in all its ventures. CSL's reputation for accomplishing time-sensitive assignments, whilst offering solutions that are by far the most competitive, has made it a preferred partner to some of the most demanding clients worldwide.
Cochin Shipyard is strategically located - midway on the international trade corridor, connecting Europe, Middle East and the Pacific Rim. The credit of building the largest ships in India goes to Cochin shipyard. CSL has so far built a wide variety of vessels including Tankers, Bulk Carriers, Heavy Engineering Structures, tugs for various ports of India, Patrol Vessels, Passenger Vessels and Docking Pontoons.
CSL uses the Japanese IHOP system, in which 95% of the outfitting including painting is done before the vessel is floated out.The yard continues to have technical cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency for achieving optimum production. CSL is the only yard in India which can repair vessels upto 125,000 DWT. CSL is pursuing a scheme for expansion of existing repair capacity through a ship lift system. Cochin shipyard has two world class docks, one for shipbuilding & one for shiprepair. Three quays having a total length of 1000 M provide requisite berthing facilities for the vessels. These quaysides can be dredged to any depth as per requirement, and is ideal for load out of offshore structures.
Cochin shipyard has 69 cranes for supporting its activities in Ship building repairing and upgrading. 150 T gantry crane, which is the second largest in Asia covers the whole of assembly shop and building dock. The company is augmenting the facility shortly with a 300 Ton Gantry Crane.
CSL is spread over 190 acres of land and has 2 docks and 3 quays. Apart from this the yard has a Steel Stockyard that can hold up to 60,000 t of steel, the largest Hull Fabrication Shop in India with 30,000 sq m covered area, an Assembly Shop with a telescopic sliding roof serviced by a 150 t Gantry Crane, an Engine and Machine Shop, an Electric Machinery Shop, and a Pipe Shop.
In early 2008 Indian state-owned Cochin Shipyard Ltd was awaiting government approval for an initial public offering to help raise funds for building a new dock and meet rising demand for ships. Cochin Shipyard sold shares in an initial public offering (IPO) in August 2017 to part-fund a Rs 2,769 crore expansion plan comprising construction a Rs 1,799 crore new dry dock and a Rs 970 crore international ship repair facility.
Cochin Shipyard Ltd, India’s biggest state-owned shipbuilder by dock capacity, started work on a Rs 1,799 crore new dry dock, its third, in October 2018 The Mumbai-listed firm looks to expand capacity to tap potential for constructing and repairing specialized and technologically advanced large vessels including aircraft carriers. Larsen & Toubro Ltd was awarded the turnkey contract for the new dry dock for Rs 1,298.76 crores, which is expected to be completed by May 2021.
Along with a Rs 970 crore international ship repair facility being developed at next door Cochin Port Trust, Cochin would turn into a one stop maritime hub for repairs of all vessels calling at Indian ports. The new dry dock would generate employment opportunities for about 2,000 people (direct and indirect) in the core shipbuilding and ancillary and supporting industry sector. Besides, it would help develop a strong ancillary base in the country for ship building, promote adaption of world class technology and shipbuilding skills and training of youth.
The new dry dock is the second largest in India and the largest and more dynamic among its three docks in terms of ships docked. The new dry dock would be a ‘stepped’ dock with a length of 310 m (the existing dry docks have a length of 270m), width of 75m at the wider part and width of 60m at the narrower part and depth of 13m with a draught of up to 9.5m. It would be equipped with one 600-ton capacity gantry crane, two LLTT cranes each with a capacity of 75 tons with an option to add another 600-ton gantry crane at a later stage. The dock floor is designed to take a load of 600 ton/m.
The stepped dock would enable longer vessels to fill the length of the dock and wider, shorter vessels such as jack-up rigs to be built or repaired at the wider part. The new dry dock can accommodate aircraft carriers of 70,000 tons docking displacement and tankers and merchant vessels of 55,000 tons docking displacement.
The new dry dock would help Cochin diversify its product portfolio to build large, complex and technology intensive vessels such as LNG vessels, jack up rigs, drill ships, dredgers, a second indigenous aircraft carrier of much larger capacity than the one it is building for the Indian Navy, high end research vessels and repair of offshore platforms and larger vessels.
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