Cochin Shipyard Is Poised For Growth

One of India's largest and most sophisticated shipyards, Cochin Shipyard (CSL), has successfully completed major upgrade work for Oil and Natural Gas Corporation of India on its Jack-up-rig Sagar Shakthi and Mobile Offshore Drilling Rig Sagar Bhushan. Both jobs, which totaled approximately $2.2 million, were granted on the basis of a global tender against strict international competition.

Situated on the main sea lane, which links the Mediterranean with the Far East, Cochin boasts two of the largest docks in India measuring 837 x 141 x 29 ft. (255 x 43 x 9 m) and 886 x 148 x 39 ft. (270 x 45 x 12 m), serviced by cranes ranging between 10 and 150 tons. The yard also features a covered shop area of 35,000 sq. m, large steel stockyard and three quays measuring 951, 682 and 1,509 ft. (290, 208 and 460 m).

Sagar Bhushan's drilling capacity was upgraded for drilling up to 400 m water depth from the previous 300 m.

Sagar Shakthi required erection of a Raw-water tower of 459 ft.(140 m) height and 66 tons in weight for the purpose of meeting the raw-water requirement for drilling operation at seas. For both vessels CSL procured, installed, tested and commissioned major equipment such as cementing units, top drive system, drilling instrumentation systems and solid control equipment. Extensive hull repairs were also performed involving approximately 1,050 tons of steel renewal, and overhauling and servicing of all rig cranes.

CSL has also diversified into Offshore engineering as part of its expansion drive. The shipyard had secured against international competitive bids, two projects, both of which were completed ahead of schedule. The first project entailed enhanced drilling capacity for 12 drilling platforms in Bombay High South.

From the financial side, the yard has a stronger net worth position and improved capital base to expand its ship repair capacity through the installation of a ship lift system that would provide five additional berths. The yard is also planning to set up marine workshops in various ports of India such as Chennai, Tuticorin, Mumbai and Cochin. The yard has already expressed its interest in melding with the setting up of Ship Repair Complex at the Koehi Port Trust in an area of 700 acres, which would provide various services such as floating docks, drydocking and lay of berth to vessels passing through international waters.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 33,  Nov 2001

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