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Sunday, July 15, 2018

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Cochin Shipyard Gets Contract for Three

Cochin Shipyard Ltd. signed an agreement with the government of Kerala for the construction of three marine ambulance boats for the fisheries department.

ABB Power and Automation for New Indian Ferries

Rendering of the new 1,200-passenger ferry to be built at Cochin Shipyard in India (Image: ABB)

ABB said it has signed a contract with India’s largest shipbuilding and maintenance facility, Cochin Shipyard Ltd, to deliver a first-ever integrated power and automation package to an Indian shipowner.ABB’s contract with Cochin Shipyard covers two new 1,200-passenger ferries, to be delivered to the Andaman & Nicobar Administration in 2020. In what’s said to be a first for a shipowner in India, these vessels will benefit from a full integration of their power generation, distribution and propulsion systems…

Cochin Shipyard Eyes ABG

Photo: Cochin Shipyard Ltd.

India's state-owned Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) has started preliminary discussions to buy a controlling stake in debt-ridden ABG Shipyard Ltd, Livemint reported quoting un-named sources close to the development. Earlier, three suitors - Reliance Defence, Shapoorji Pallonji Group and the UK’s Liberty House - have shown interest in buying ABG, even as its lenders try to force the ship maker out of a debt recast mechanism and recover their dues. However, sources say that they have backed out one by one. Now that Shapoorji Pallonji and Co.

India's Cochin Shipyard Gears up for IPO

Photo: Cochin Shipyard Ltd

Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL),  India's largest public sector shipyard, has filed  initial public offering (IPO)document with  the market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)  to go public. The government approved a stake sale of up to 25 percent. Cochin Shipyard IPO will consist of 34 million shares to raise about INR 1,400-1,500 crore (USD 214 - 229 million). On completion of a successful IPO, CSL will become the first of five state-owned shipbuilding companies to be publicly listed. It has filed a draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with SEBI.

VARD Selects Synapsis INS For an Advanced Research Vessel

Example of a Synapsis INS, installed on a research vessel. (Photo: Raytheon Anschütz)

The German navigation system integrator Raytheon Anschütz has won a contract for the supply of a Synapsis Integrated Navigation System (INS) to an advanced research vessel. VARD Holding Limited, a major global designer and shipbuilder of specialized vessels, with their subsidiary VARD Electro AS, have selected Raytheon Anschütz’ Synapsis INS for a new research  vessel. The Synapsis INS is part of a large equipment and electrical installation package, which VARD Electro AS will provide to Cochin Shipyard Ltd.

India Boosts Shipping Industry

Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari. Photo: Official Site of Nitin Gadkari

The Expansion, modernization and upgradation of shipping infrastructure in India is an on-going process to keep the ports abreast with new technologies and also to promote trade and cargo. The Government is committed to provide best possible infrastructure facilities to Indian shipping industry. Cochin Shipyard Limited, a Central Public Sector Enterprise under the administrative control of Ministry of Shipping has a shipbuilding capacity of 1,10,000 DWT and ship-repair capacity of 1,25,000 DWT to cater to the needs of the shipping industry.

Cochin Shipyard Builds 4 Ships for Andaman & Nicobar

India's first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant built in Cochin Shipyard. Photo: Cochin Shipyard Limited

Government of India-controlled Cochin Shipyard Ltd is constructing four passenger-cum – cargo vessels for Andaman & Nicobar Administration under the ‘Make in India’ initiative of Government of India. As per orders placed by the A&N Administration, two of these vessels will have a capacity of 500 persons-cum-150 tonne cargo and the remaining two will have a capacity of 1200 persons-cum-1000 tonne cargo. These vessels will have state of the art facilities for passengers and comply with latest international/national rules and regulations.

Cochin Shipyard Delivers 2 RoRo Vessels

Photo: Cochin Shipyard Limited

The Cochin Shipyard Limited in India delivered two RoRo vessels to the Kochi Municipal Corporation (KMC), Press Trust of India reported. The vessels with modern equipment are expected to provide a great relief to the transportation problems in Kochi, the report said quoting company officials. With a length of 27 metres and 8.25 metres breadth, the vessels can achieve speeds of six knots, it said. The vessels are provided with ramps on either side, both in the forward and aft, eliminating the need for reverse parking of the vehicles on the ferry.

India Government Sops for Ship-Repairing Facilities

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

In order to promote ship building and ship-repair industry in India, the government has formulated a policy of financial assistance for shipbuilding for a period of ten years for contracts signed between 1st April, 2016 and 31st March, 2026. The Financial assistance at the rate of 20% of the contractual price of a vessel, fair price, or actual payments received by the shipyard is payable after delivery of the vessel and as per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Shipping. There are 18 major ship-repairing facilities on western coast and seven on eastern coast  at present in the country.

Cochin Shipyard's $231 Mln IPO Subscribed Over 76 Times

Cochin Shipyard Ltd's initial public offering, which aims to raise up to 14.68 billion rupees ($231 million), was subscribed more than 76 times on the last day of the sale on Thursday, indicating strong interest in the state-run shipbuilder. Investors bid for about 2.59 billion shares, compared with nearly 34 million shares on offer, data from stock exchanges showed as of 0130 GMT. The company, which also repairs ships, was selling about 22.7 million new shares in the price range of 424 rupees to 432 rupees apiece, while the Indian government was selling about 11.3 million shares in the company. SBI Capital Markets, Edelweiss Financial Services and JM Financial Institutional Securities are the lead banks managing the IPO. The stock is set to make its trading debut on or around Aug. 11.

Cochin Shipyard Shares Jump After $225 mln IPO

Shares in India's Cochin Shipyard Ltd rose more than 20 percent on their trading debut on Friday after the state-run company's 14.42 billion rupees ($224.7 million) initial public offering.   The stock was trading at 528.15 rupees by 0432 GMT, 22.25 percent higher than its IPO issue price of 432 rupees. Retail investors were issued shares at a discounted price of 411 rupees.   The shipbuilder, which also repairs ships, had seen strong investor interest in the IPO with the sale last week being subscribed more than 76 times.   Reporting by Swati Bhat and Devidutta Tripathy

Investors Enthusiasm in Cochin Shipyard

The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari addressing at inauguration of the renovated BSE International Convention Hall and Listing Ceremony of Cochin Shipyard Ltd., in Mumbai on August 11, 2017. Photo: PIB

Indian government is committed for infrastructure development and the track record of last three years has increased the faith of the investors which has resulted in 76 times oversubscription of IPO of Cochin Shipyard (CSL), a government flagship company, said Union Minister of Shipping, Nitin Gadkari. He was the Chief Guest at the inauguration of the renovated BSE international convention Hall and Listing of equity shares of Cochin Shipyard in Mumbai. Speaking on the occasion he signifies the success of government’s economic policies…

Technology Drives Growth of India’s Major Ports

Graph Source: Indian Port Association provided by Press Information Bureau

Technological advancement for modernization of major ports and reforms for enhancing ease of doing business are driving and sustaining the growth trend line at India’s major ports. The country’s 12 major ports together handled 273.96 Million Tonnes of cargo between April to August, 2017 as against 265.31 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year, an overall growth of 3.26%. Seven Ports (Kolkata, Paradip, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai and JNPT) registered positive growth in traffic during the period April to August 2017.

India, Ukraine to Partner in Shipbuilding

Image: Ministry of Shipping, India

A Ukrainian delegation led by its Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Ms. Nataliya Mykolska, met Secretary, Ministry of Shipping Shri Ravikant in New Delhi  to discuss the potential for developing sustainable partnership between the two countries in the area of shipbuilding. Giving an overview of ship building industry in their country, the Ukrainian delegation invited senior officials of the Ministry of Shipping to visit Odessa and Kiev to study the logistic chain and shipbuilding yards in particular.

Cochin Shipyard Spreads its Wings

Nitin Gadkari, Indian  Shipping Minister. Photo: PIB

After successfully completing its initial public offer (IPO) recently, India's Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) has lined up expansion projects. The IPO's proceeds will be utilised to fund these expansions. The PTI reported that CSL is now setting sail to newer shores as it looks to set up ship-building and repair facilities in Andaman and Nicobar, Gujarat, Kolkata and Mumbai. The report quoted Nitin Gadkari, Indian  Shipping Minister, saying that the government is expanding Cochin Shipyard. CSL will have ship-building and repair facilities in Andaman and Nicobar, Gujarat and Mumbai.

International Ship Repair Facility at Cochin Shipyard

The Indian Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari addressing at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the International Ship Repair Facility of Cochin Ship Yard Limited, at Cochin, Kerala on November 17, 2017. Photo: PIB

The Minister of Shipping in India,  Nitin Gadkari has said that Cochin is all set to become a global ship repair hub. He was speaking at Cochin, after laying the  foundation stone for a INR 970-crore (USD 148 million) International Ship Repair Facility (ISRF) for Cochin Shipyard Limited. The facility is being built at Cochin Port Trust where CSL has leased out a 40-acre plot for the project. The International Ship Repair facility will be a State of the Art facility that can handle a major chunk of small and medium sized vessels plying in India.

A Sea Change for Shipbuilding

When it comes to shipbuilding, the numbers are staggering: hundreds of millions of parts in one aircraft carrier. Billions of dollars proposed for Naval fleet development in the latest NDAA. Hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs in the U.S. alone. A 2015 MARAD report, for example, pegged the total economic impact associate with the industry at 400,000 jobs, $25 billion in labor income, and 37 billion in GDP (based on data from 2013). When the financing, jobs, technological developments and supply chain trade dedicated to shipbuilding around the world are added in…

Indian Ports Cargo Traffic Up 3.46%

Images:  Press Information Bureau

Major ports in India have recorded a growth of 3.46% and together handled 439.66 Million Tonnes of cargo during the period April to November, 2017 as against 424.96 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year. For the period from April- November 2017, nine Ports (Kolkata (including Haldia), Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai, JNPT and Kandla) have registered positive growth in traffic. The highest growth was registered by Cochin Port (17.93%), followed by Paradip (13.13%), Kolkata [incl.

Fire on Ship Under Repair Kills 5 in India

A blast caused by a fire on a ship under repair at India's Cochin Shipyard Ltd killed five people on Tuesday, and injured around 11, a company spokeswoman said, prompting the government to call for a quick enquiry. The spokeswoman said smoke hampered rescue operations initially and that an investigation would be launched soon. The ship belongs to the country's top energy explorer, Oil and Natural Gas Corp Ltd, she added. An ONGC official said the ship was undergoing maintenance at state-run Cochin Shipyard on the country's southwest coast. The blast took place inside the water tank, said M.P. Dinesh, a senior police official in the southern state of Kerala where the shipyard is located.

Five Killed in Blast Onboard Modu Sagar Bhushan

Image by Cochin Shipyard Ltd

Five people were killed and 7 injured yesterday (February 13),  in an unfortunate fire incident onboard Sagar Bhushan, an oil rig of ONGC, undergoing repairs at Cochin Shipyard. The Chairman and Managing Director of Cochin Shipyard has announced an  immediate ex gratia of INR 10 lakhs (USD 15560) for the families of the deceased. All treatment expenses of the injured will be met by the company as per its existing policies. All necessary assistance is  being provided by the  Company to those affected,  and the entire senior leadership is monitoring the process.

Cochin Shipyard: Accident Caused By Explosion Near A/C Plant

The Director, Factories & Boilers has visited the spot and recorded his observations.   As per the preliminary assessment, the accident has been caused by a momentary explosion of high impact that has occurred near the A/C plant, which is situated above the Ballast Tank. The probable location of the explosion was identified based on the nature of the deflections on the bulkheads (Steel walls) and the damage extant observed during the inspection.

Tax Sops for Indian Shipping Industry

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pic: PIB, Govt of India

In order to support the Indian shipping industry, the Government of India has exempted Customs and Excise Duty leviable on bunker fuels used in Indian flag vessels for transportation of mix of EXIM, domestic and empty containers between two or more ports in India. Government has brought in a uniform abatement of service tax for transportation of goods by rail, road and sea vessels. Indian shipping industry has been provided cargo support through Right of First Refusal (RoFR).

Cochin Shipyard Limited Developing New Dry-dock

Photo: Cochin Shipyard Ltd ( Under The Ministry of Shipping)

A new large dry dock is considered essential for future growth of Cochin Shipyard (CSL), says the ministry of shipping, India. This dry dock will enable CSL to construct LNG ships, Large Naval vessels like the proposed second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, Merchant vessels, like Cape size vessels, etc. The dry dock will also cater to repairs and upgradation of jack-up rigs, semi submersibles, etc. The  estimated cost of the proposed new High Density dry dock is Rs. 1799 Crores ($265 million). The proposal has been approved by Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 20th July, 2016.

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