GSM Moots $178 million Modernisation Plan

By admin • September 2nd, 2010

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India Defence Online, New Delhi — The state-owned Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) will be embarking on a major modernisation drive and has requested the state government for additional land to pursue its project. GSL will initiate its infrastructure modernisation project in four phases at an estimated cost of $178 million. This modernisation drive will triple the capacity of GSL in terms of shipbuilding.

According to GSL officials, the first two phases of the project costing Rs.400 crore are at an advanced stage and are expected to be complete by this year end. The completion of the two phases will make GSL the first shipbuilding yard in the country to be equipped with a modern ship-lift facility for launching and docking of ships.

As for the remaining two phases of modernisation, it involves infrastructure for the Mine Counter Measure Vessel (MCMV) project of the Indian Navy. GSL is expecting this to progress as and when the Indian Navy finalises the MCMV project.

GSL has major plans up its sleeves including an upcoming shore-based training facility project at the INS Hansa, Goa. GSL will be working with the Aeronautical Development Agency, Bangalore and it will be the main integrator of this facility. Besides, GSL is also eyeing export markets for its entire range of products such as the damage control simulator, fast interceptor craft, patrol vessels and offshore patrol vessels. GSL has already made its presence felt in South Asia, Africa and the Gulf region.

In March this year, GSL had launched the indigenously designed and built ‘ICGS Vishwast’, the first of a new class of offshore patrol vessel (OPV). This was the only vessel of this class in the world. The ICGS Vishwast was primarily designed for patrolling and policing maritime zones, search and rescue operations, maritime surveillance, anti-smuggling operations, pollution response against oil spillage and external fire-fighting. GSL has also built the 105 M advanced offshore patrol vessel (AOPV) for the Coast Guard, the largest ever designed and constructed AOPV class of vessel in India.

Source: India Defence Online

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