The first private sector shipyard in Kerala with state-of-the-art
facilities for building fibreglass ships will come up
in Kochi soon. The construction of the shipyard will begin
in a year.
S Jeevan, chairman
of the Aroor-based Samudra group and promoter of the
new venture, says the new company has got registered
as Samudra Shipyard Pvt Ltd by the Registrar of Companies
three months ago. "This status was accorded after
the authority got itself satisfied that the group has
the necessary technical expertise and funds to start
the new venture. The new venture, to be based near the
Kochi port, will have a foreign collaborator."
Minister P K Kunhalikutty handed over the ISO certification
to the company at a formal function at the boatyard
of the company in Aroor near here today, marking the
beginning of the new company.
company, which has a unit in Lakshadweep, is now engaged
in the construction of fibreglass boats, water sports
equipment and marine accessories. The new company will
concentrate in the building of medium-size passenger
ships in fibreglass. Mini-passenger ships built in fibreglass
operating between islands are popular in foreign countries
but not in India.
Jeevan says the
company has plans to build ships for the Indian Navy
and the Coast Guard. Officials of the Navy have already
visited the boat-building yard of his company in Aroor
and approved the facilities there.
to Jeevan, the new shipyard is equipped to build mini-cruise
ships and patrolling vessels for the Coast Guard. The
new company is planning to build mine sweepers for the
Navy in fibreglass. Fibreglass ships will be best suited
as mine sweepers as fibreglass, a non-conducting material,
will not lead to explosion of mines scattered in water.